More fires reported over weekend

Seven new fires were reported in the West Fire Region over the weekend, said the Ministry of Natural Resources this morning.
Red Lake recorded three new starts, Dryden responded to two new fires, while Kenora and Nipigon each responded to one new fire start.
The most active fire over the weekend was Nipigon fire #127. Located 35 kilometres southwest of Greenstone the fire was reported yesterday afternoon and quickly grew in intensity, burning in volatile dead balsam fir. The fire, which is currently six hectares in size, was pushed by erratic winds that challenged the suppression efforts of four FireRanger crews and two heavy waterbombers throughout the day yesterday.
The six other fires that occurred in Northwestern Ontario over the weekend have all been contained to or extinguished at sizes of less than 0.3 hectares. Excellent progress continues to be made on the large fires in the region.
In related news, 31 firefighters from Alberta returned home yesterday after a successful deployment in Northwestern Ontario. The Alberta fire fighters had been assisting on Dryden fire #79.
Meanwhile, the MNR lifted the previously imposed Restricted Fire Zone for some parts of Northwestern Ontario on Friday afternoon. But the RFZ remains in effect south of the CNR mainline in area surrounding the communities of Kenora, Minaki, Redditt, Vermilion Bay, Dryden, Quibell, Richan, Ignace, Atikokan, Fort Frances, Emo, Sioux Narrows, and in all of Quetico Provincial Park.
The Restricted Fire Zone boundary extends from the Manitoba/Ontario border east along the main CNR line to the western limits of Vermilion Township.
The boundary then runs south along the west shore of Kawaweogama Lake and the western boundary of Brightsand River Provincial Park.
The boundary then follows the Dryden and Fort Frances district border south to the international boarder.
Under RFZ regulations, all burning permits are suspended and all open fires are prohibited. Campfires may be allowed at some organized campgrounds or parks that use approved fire pits and meet certain other criteria. Campers are encouraged to check with the owners or operators. Within the RFZ, people can still use portable gas stoves for cooking and warmth but the public is asked to exercise extreme caution.
Also, the Emergency Area Order (EAO) implemented over a week ago due to a large forest fire burning in Dryden District remains in effect.
Under it, access on, and use of, Winnange Lake, Teggau Lake, Rogers Lake, and the west arm of Eagle Lake is prohibited in order to ensure public safety and allow for effective fire suppression operations.
Exemptions, for access into the EAO area, may be authorized through a permit issued by Dryden District.
The EAO was put in place in order to ensure public safety and allow for effective fire suppression operations.
To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).