May 23, 2020 Wildfire Update: Fire Ban Remains in Effect

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – There are only four active wildfires in the Northwest District as of Saturday night. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry report those fires are either being held, or are under control.

The Fire Hazard is rated high for much of the region.

May 23, 2020
Time of Report – 17:00

Northwest Region

  • There were no new forest fires confirmed by the afternoon of May 23.
  • There are currently four active forest fires in the Northwest Region. All are either being held or under control.
  • The fire hazard is predominantly high with an area of low to moderate hazard in the far north of the region.
  • For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Restricted Fire Zone in place Saturday May 23

Due to the high forest fire hazard, effective 12:01 am Saturday May 23, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in the Thunder Bay and Dryden Districts, as well as the eastern Fort Frances district and southern portions of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts.

The Restricted Fire Zone is in effect until further notice. Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care.  You can learn more about Restricted Fire Zones here.