Crews with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry joined firefighters from Pellatt to put out an over 4-hectare fire over the weekend near Kenora.

Kenora Fire #2 was reported late Friday afternoon near Ripple Lake, about 15 km northwest of Kenora. Ministry crews responded alongside firefighters from Pellatt United, as well as an air attack crew with a bird dog aircraft and two waterbombers.

Fire Information Officer Chris Marchand says the fire was eventually put out Sunday at a final size of 4.3 hectares.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation. But it’s a good reminder to residents that fire hazard conditions are rebounding in the region. Despite ongoing flooding and high lake levels, burning conditions can really be elevated after a stretch of nice weather like we had last week.”

The Ministry’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Service note they also put out Kenora Fire #3 on Saturday near Isabel Lake, about 17 km south of Kenora. The Longbow Lake Fire Team assisted with the 0.1-hectare fire, as it was put out the same day.

The region’s wildland fire hazard is a mix of low, moderate and high hazard conditions across the region, depending on the amount of rainfall.

The ministry is reminding the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning, and if you must burn, follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations. Fires are to be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and put out no later than two hours after sunrise. Always have water on hand.