Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 20, 2019

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – There is a fairly serious fire happening at North Caribou Lake First Nation.

There were three new forest fires confirmed by the late afternoon of June 20.

  • Red Lake Fire Number 29 is under control at 0.2 hectares and is located west of Feaver Lake, approximately 25 km east of Hwy 105.
  • Sioux Lookout Number 10 measures 1 hectare and is not under control. It is located in proximity to Weagamow Lake.
  • Sioux Lookout Number 11 is a 0.1 hectare fire and is not under control. It is located north of Big Trout Lake, in proximity to Kitchenuhmaykoosib.

At the time of this update there were 12 active fires in the region – two of which were not under control, the rest are being held, under control or being observed.

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake is under control at 824 hectares.

Red Lake 14 near Pikangikum and Red Lake 17

Red 14 near Pikangikum is under control at 3,835 hectares. Crews continue to search for hot spots identified through infrared scans.

Red 17 northeast of Trout Lake is being held at 6,507 hectares. Crews continue to re-enforce existing hose lines and extinguish hot spots identified by infrared scanning.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region

The fire hazard is high to extreme for the majority of 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)
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