Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region August 9 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 was one new fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Aug. 9.

  • Nipigon 20 is located approximately 20 kilometres south of Geraldton. The 0.1 hectare fire is listed as not under control.
    At the time of this post there were 29 active fires in the Northwest Region. One fire was not under control, one fire was being held, four fires were under control and 23 fires were being observed.

One fire was declared out today.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is high in the Kenora sector and moderate to high in the Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay sectors. Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Nipigon sectors feature low hazard conditions in the far north and moderate to high hazard condition in their southern reaches.

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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)