Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region August 10, 2019

Photo supplied by MNRF
Photo supplied by MNRF

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – There were three new forest fires confirmed by the afternoon of August 10.

  • Fort Frances 16 is out at 0.1 hectares and was located on an island on Rainy Lake, approximately 13 kilometres east of Fort Frances.
  • Nipigon 21 is not under control at 0.5 hectares and is located near Chopper Lake, approximately 21 kilometres northeast of Nipigon.
  • Fort Frances 17 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located on an island on Bluffpoint Lake, approximately 61 kilometres north of Fort Frances.

There are currently 30 active fires in the region. Two fires are not under control, five fires are under control, and 23 fires are being observed.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is low to moderate in the northern portions of the region and moderate to high in the southern portions of 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)