Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region August 17, 2019

Wildfire Update

Thunder Bay – There was one new forest fire confirmed by the afternoon of August 17.

  • Red Lake 73 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Corallen Lake, approximately 14 kilometres northwest of Red Lake.

There are currently 30 active fires in the region. One fire is not under control, two fires are being held, three fires are under control, and 24 fires are being observed.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard currently ranges from low to high with the area of highest hazard in the central 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:

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