July 15, 2020: 21 Active Wildfires in Northwestern Ontario

Wildfire Update

July 15, 2020 Time of Report – 17:37

THUNDER BAY – The woodlands are, rain overnight in Thunder Bay notwithstanding drying out. There are currently seven new fires, and a total of 21 active forest fires in Northwestern Ontario.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme with the area of highest hazard in the central portion of the region.

  • Dryden 17 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Little Butler Lake, approximately 14 kilometres west of Ignace.
  • Fort Frances 23 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Poulson Lake, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances
  • Nipigon 29 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located approximately 13 kilometres southwest of the community of Kasabonika.
  • Nipigon 30 is not under control at 50 hectares and is located near Shaver Lake, approximately 23 kilometres southeast of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope).
  • Dryden 18 is not under control at 4 hectares and is located near Emmons Lake, approximately 26 kilometres south of Dryden.
  • Kenora 24 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Blindfold Lake, approximately 18 kilometres southeast of Kenora.
  • Nipigon 31 is not under control at 25 hectares and is located near Esnagami Lake, approximately 71 kilometres north of Geraldton.
  • Ten fires are not under control, six fires are under control, four fires are being observed, and one is being held.
  • To see the fire hazard near you, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site.