THUNDER BAY – There were seven new forest fires confirmed by the afternoon of August 12 with more reports being investigated at the time of this update.
- Thunder Bay 19 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Northern Lights Lake, approximately 104 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
- Thunder Bay 20 has been declared out at 0.2 hectares and was located near Saganaga Lake, approximately 118 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
- Dryden 20 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Dinorwic Lake, approximately 28 kilometres southeast of Dryden.
- Dryden 21 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Pinafore Lake, approximately 25 kilometres west of Ignace.
- Thunder Bay 21 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located near Tea Lake, approximately 23 kilometres west of Upsala.
- Sioux Lookout 57 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Scaler Lake, approximately 34 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout.
- Nipigon 22 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Eva Lake, approximately 5 kilometres northwest of Beardmore.
There are currently 35 active fires in the region. Five fires are not under control, two fires are being held, five fires are under control, and 23 fires are being observed.
Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is predominantly high with areas of moderate hazard scattered throughout 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)