April 28/2020 – Three Active Wildfires in Northwest District

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – As the region starts to dry out from winter, and warmer temperatures begin, the risk of wildfires increases.

There are three active fires in Northwestern Ontario right now all in the Kenora district.

Northwest Region

  • There were three active fires in the Northwest Region by the early afternoon of April 28.
  • Kenora 1 is located on the Northwest Angle First Nation 33B. The fire started on April 25 and is under control at 6.6 hectares in size.
  • Kenora 4 is located at Wabaseemoong Independent Nation (Whitedog). This new 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Kenora 5 is also located at Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. The new 2.5 hectare fire is being held.
  • For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE IN EFFECT

For all zones in the fire region of Ontario

In order to ensure public safety and well-being during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of the province (Restricted Fire Zones 1 to 36) effective as of April 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 am.

The Restricted Fire Zone is in effect until further notice. This is a proactive action to reduce the number of preventable human-caused fires and reduce the risk of wildfires impacting the public.

Restricted Fire Zones help protect public safety. In a Restricted Fire Zone, outdoor fires are restricted. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care. For more information, contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Fire Management Headquarters.

More information about Restricted Fire Zones can be found here.