Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 16, 2019

Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of June 15.

At the time of this update, there were eleven active fires in the region – two of which were not under control, one is being held, four were under control and four were being observed.

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake is being held at 824 hectares. Ground Crews continue to extinguish hotspots identified by infrared scanning.

Red Lake 14 near Pikangikum and Red Lake 17

Red 14 near Pikangikum is now under control at 3,835 hectares. Some equipment is being removed from areas of the fire which have been sufficiently suppressed.

Red 17 northeast of Trout Lake is not under control at 6,507 hectares. Crews continue to establish new hose lines while consolidating existing hose lines.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region

The forest fire hazard ranges from moderate to high throughout the Northwest Region.

Help prevent forest fires

Adopt safe campfire practices!  Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.  Stay nearby: never leave it unattended.  Put your fire out by drowning it with water.  Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site.  Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again.  You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out. More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

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)
  • Follow us on Twitter: @OnForestFire

Report prepared by Shayne McCool