July 23, 2020: Six New Wildfires Across Western Ontario

Wildfire Update

July 23, 2020 Time of Report – 17:30 Northwest Region

THUNDER BAY – With the return of hot conditions across Western Ontario, the wildfire risk is likely to increase.

  • There were six new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the mid-afternoon of July 23.
    • Thunder Bay 49 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near Shova Lake, approximately 84 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
    • Red Lake 39 is not under control at 2.5 hectares and is located near Little Vermilion Lake, approximately 37 kilometres north of Red Lake.
    • Red Lake 40 is not under control at 5 hectares and is located near Little Vermilion Lake, approximately 36 kilometres north of Red Lake.
    • Sioux Lookout 28 is not under control at 2.5 hectares and is located on an island on Lake St. Joseph, approximately 87 kilometres southwest of Pickle Lake.
    • Thunder Bay 50 is not under control at 0.2 hectares and is located near Little Hicky Lake, approximately 59 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.
    • Nipigon 36 is not under control at 0.3 hectares and is located near Chipman Lake, approximately 67 kilometres northeast of Geraldton
  • There are currently 21 active forest fires in the Northwest Region. Eight are not under control, three are being held, six are under control, and four are being observed.
  • By the end of the day on July 22, 2020, there were a total of ten forest fires in the Northwest Region.
  • The forest fire hazard is mainly high to extreme with an area of low to moderate hazard in the Thunder Bay and Fort Frances districts.
  • 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.