Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 21, 2019

The Forest Fire Hazard heading into the weekend is high in Northern Ontario
The Forest Fire Hazard is high in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY – There were three new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of June 21.

  • Dryden 8 is located 86 kilometres northeast of Ignace, east of Jessie Lake. The 0.3 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Thunder Bay 12 is located 1.5 kilometres west of Armstrong. The fire is being held at 0.2 hectares.
  • Red Lake 30 is located approximately 12 kilometres west of the far north community of Sandy Lake. The two hectare fire is not under control.

At the time of this update there were 13 active fires in the region – two of which were not under control, four are being held, two were under control and five were being observed.

Fires of Note

  • Sioux Lookout 10, located near the remote community of Weagamow, is now listed as being held. The 2.4 hectare fire received aerial suppression by water bombers yesterday.
  • Sioux Lookout 11, located approximately six kilometres to the east of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (Big Trout Lake), also saw aerial suppression activities yesterday. The fire is being held at 1.1 hectares.
  • Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake is under control at 824 hectares.
  • 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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Report prepared by Chris Marchand