(SHOAL LAKE, ON) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in the Shoal Lake area.
The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the evening of Sunday, July 29, on an island in Bag Bay on Shoal Lake. This location can be accessed only by boat from Shoal Lake, which is located west of Kenora.
The fire started in the vicinity of an area that individuals had used to build a camp fire. Local cottagers discovered the fire and began suppression efforts, followed by MNRF fire rangers who continued battling the fire and ensured it was put out.
The ministry reminds the public that all forest fires are investigated to determine their cause. A person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing a forest fire, as well as for any property damage incurred.
Anyone who starts a fire must keep it under control at all times and extinguish it properly before leaving the area.
To report information about this incident or another natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.
Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry