Time of Report 16:25
THUNDER BAY – There were three new forest fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Monday, May 14.
Red Lake Fire 22 is located near the community of Pikangikum. The 0.5 hectare fire was reported in the early afternoon and is classified as not under control at the time of this release.
Another afternoon fire start, Fort Frances Fire 5 is four hectares in size near Silvertip Lake. It is also not under control at this time.
A 0.1 hectare forest fire that was recorded in the Nipigon District near mid-day has been declared out.
The forest fire hazard is high to extreme across most of the Northwest Region.
Residents are advised to be aware of local burning restrictions and use extreme caution with open fires of any kind.
Performing yard clean-up?
Consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning. If you must burn, make sure you know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations to ensure you burn grass and woody debris safely.
If you’re planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out; and never leave it unattended.
Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. To familiarize yourself further with Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations, visit our website at Ontario.ca/forestfire.
Residents of municipalities should also check any local bylaws that may be in effect prior to burning.
To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.
Fire numbers and online information:
- Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
- Twitter account
- For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report prepared by Chris Marchand