There are 60 active fires in the region, 56 of which are either under observation, being held or under control. The forest fire hazard is high to extreme across most of the region.

Smoke from large fires in in western Canada and the United States continues to drift east and will affect areas throughout Ontario. The fire ban also remains in effect for most of the region. The order was set on August 16.

The restricted fire order includes:

- Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden Districts, as well as the southern portions of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Districts

Excluded areas are:

- City of Thunder Bay and organized municipalities of Neebing, Gillies, O’Connor, Oliver/Paipoonge, Shuniah and Dorion.

- unincorporated areas of Pass Lake and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Residents outside the Restricted Fire Zone are urged to:

- check with municipal fire department for local burning restrictions.

- stop using open fires, such as campfires or burning of debris is not permitted.

During the restricted fire order you may:

- use portable gas and propane, as long as they're safely managed.

Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to have a campfire, during a Restricted Fire Zone, provided certain conditions are met.

Failure to comply with a Restricted Fire Zone could result in a fine of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as the financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire caused by the illegal act.

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