Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region August 15, 2019

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – There was one new fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Aug. 15.

  • Nipigon 30 is located approximately 33 kilometres north of Terrace Bay. The 0.1-hectare fire is under control.

At the time of this update, there were 32 active fires in the region. Nine fires were under control and 23 fires were being observed. Two fires were declared out today.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is predominantly high across the Northwest Region with scattered pockets of extreme hazard conditions in the Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon sectors. The far north regions of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon sectors feature a moderate to low hazard.

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:

  • Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)