Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region July 25, 2019

Photo supplied by MNRF
Photo supplied by MNRF

THUNDER BAY – There were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of July 25

  • Dryden 17 was located near the community of Wabigoon. The fire was declared out at a size of 0.1 hectares.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 34 is located east of the Pashkokogan River, approximately five kilometres east of Hwy. 599 near Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The fire is not under control at 0.1 hectares.

There are currently 19 active fires in the region. One fire is not under control, two fires are being held, four fires are under control, and 12 fires are being observed.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is moderate to high in the western portions of the region and low to moderate in the eastern portions of the region.

End of travel restrictions in parts of Red Lake district due to forest fire

The implementation order for travel and access restrictions that was in place to ensure the safety of the public and emergency response personnel in the Red Lake District has been lifted

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