One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.
Fort Frances Fire #10, located on an island in Sunshine Lake near Atikokan, currently is “being held” at 0.1 hectares at last report.
Two other fires currently are active in the region, including one that is “being observed” in Red Lake District.
The other one is “under control” in Nipigon District.
Resolute FP Canada Inc., carrying on business as Resolute Forest Products Canada, has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured at a paper mill in Fort Frances.
On Nov. 29, 2012, three workers were moving a 44,000-pound, 22-foot-long stack roll to a paper machine.
The workers used two forklifts to place the stack roll onto a designated cart to bring it into the mill.
On Tuesday around 8:30 a.m., Rainy River District OPP officers and the OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team responded to a call in Quetico Provincial Park.
The officers attended with the assistance of the Ministry of Natural Resources’ helicopter.
Officers were informed that a male was unresponsive after a tree had fallen on him.
Local MPP Sarah Campbell this week pressed the provincial government to immediately strike an all-party committee to evaluate the root causes of the poor winter road maintenance experienced across the north last year.
She also wants it to develop a comprehensive solution to guarantee history doesn’t repeat itself this winter.
There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.
Winning $30 for July 20-26 were Gerald and Marvaline Brown, Ty Wilson, and Tracy Wright (Fort Frances), Jim Randolph (International Falls), Val Kellar (Emo), Ted and Wanda Heyens (Stratton), and Ron Cameron (Atikokan).
The Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board has directed the dam operators on Namakan Lake to target the upper rule curve rather than the middle portion of the band.
This step was taken to reduce inflow to Rainy Lake in order to help increase its rate of decline.
The outflow from the Kettle Falls dam was reduced Sunday.
Two northern fires in Red Lake District were declared “out” yesterday.
Both were lightning-caused blazes that started June 25 and were listed as “being observed.”
They were declared “out” at eight and 10 hectares in size.
There also was a fire in Fort Frances District on Monday that was investigated and confirmed the following day.
Hello and boozhoo from the 2014 Stewardship Youth Rangers of Fort Frances District!
We are eight high school students (Hailey Beaudry, Caleigh Payne, Cameron Jolicoeur, Matt Berube, Mitchell Jones-Foy, James Gesic, Ashtyn Dokuchie, and Jenny Hammond) who are very excited to be participating in this Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer employment program!
The Rainy River District Women’s Institute will host a “pie social” this Friday (July 18) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Emo Museum.
For just $4, you can get a beverage and a delicious piece of pie. There also will be whole pies for sale.
The door prize will be two tickets to the Emo Speedway, donated by the Borderland Racing Association.
The inaugural “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival is shaping up to be an exciting event and people are urge to purchase their tickets soon.
“We’re hoping people buy sooner rather than later to make sure they get a ticket,” said event co-ordinator Shannon Darby, who is being assisted by a 15-member committee.