Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 30, 2019

Forest Fire Update

THUNDER BAY –  There were nine new forest fires confirmed by the evening of June 30 with more reports being investigated at the time of this update.

  • Fort Frances Fire Number 8 is under control at 0.3 hectares and is located near Panorama Lake, approximately 51 kilometres northwest of Fort Frances
  • Red Lake Fire Number 37 is not under control at 20 hectares and is located near Odin Lake, approximately 44 kilometres northwest of Red Lake.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 38 is not under control at 8 hectares and is located approximately 12 kilometres southwest of Pikangikum First Nation.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 39 is not under control at 250 hectares and is located near the Cairns River, approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Pikangikum.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 40 is not under control at 1.5 hectares and is located near Nungesser Lake, approximately 46 kilometres north of Red Lake.
  • Kenora Fire Number 42 is not under control at 1.0 hectare and is located near Query Lake, approximately 47 kilometres south of Kenora.
  • Kenora Fire Number 43 is not under control at 0.3 hectares and is located on an island on Lake of the Woods, approximately 30 kilometres southeast of Kenora.
  • Kenora Fire Number 44 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Moose Lake, approximately 10 kilometres south of the community of Wabaseemoong.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 41 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located in Pikangikum First Nation.

There are currently 19 active fires in the region. Eight are not under control, one fire is being held, four fires are under control, and six fires are being observed.

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 under control 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 forest fire hazard is high to extreme with a few areas of moderate hazard scattered across the 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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