Time of Report 16:35
Restricted Fire Zone declared in Northwest Region
THUNDER BAY = The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in the Districts of Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and the southern portion of the Red Lake, Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout Districts and along the north shore of Lake Superior in the Nipigon District.
During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris, is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions.
The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.
Regional Fire Situation – May 15, 2018
There are currently eight active fires in the Northwest region, with four new fire starts today.
Kenora Fire 31 is a small fire off Ostersund Rd, just west of Kenora that was first actioned by the local fire department. The fire is being held.
Thunder Bay Fire 13, also being held by Fire Rangers, is located off Hwy. 102, west of the city. Thunder Bay Fire 14 is not under control at 0.1 hectares.
Sioux Lookout Fire 6 was located east of the town of Sioux Lookout off Hwy 642. It has been declared out.
One notable fire Fort Frances Fire 5 – located near Silvertip Lake – has grown to 20 hectares in size and is currently not under control. There are three fires located in the vicinity of Pikangikum, all of which are either being held, under control or under observation.
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
Report prepared by Chris Marchand