Forest Fire Update for Northwestern Ontario Region

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Waterbombers on a run
Photo credit: MITCH MILLER/ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCE

THUNDER BAY – The residents of Sandy Lake First Nation still in Thunder Bay have transfered from the Victoria Inn to the Airlane Travelodge. The Ministry of Natural Resources reports that there are 350 people from Sandy Lake in our community.

Here is the latest information on the fire situation in Northwestern Ontario.

Item Daily update
Number of fires active 106
New fires 5
Hectares to date 541,932
Fire personnel engaged Over 2,000
Out-of-province personnel 737
Fire Fighting Aircraft 9 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 80 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft 8 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced 2,709
Communities fully evacuated Keewaywin First Nation, Koocheching First Nation
Communities partially evacuated Deer Lake First Nation, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation
Communities Fully Returned Ebametoong First Nation/Fort Hope, Mishkeegogamang First Nation
Evacuated Community
Host Community
Cat
Lake First Nation
Kapuskasing (140)
Deer
Lake First Nation
Smiths
Falls (520)
Keewaywin First Nation Greenstone (182)
Kingfisher
Lake First Nation
Ottawa
(272)
Koocheching First Nation Dryden (20)
North
Spirit Lake First
Nation
Greenstone (200)
Sandy
Lake First Nation
Sioux Lookout (376), Greenstone (354),Moosonee (121),Ignace (55),Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (350)
Wawakapewin First Nation Smiths
Falls (9)
Projected number of residents being repatriated today 571 (total projected), Cat Lake 140 – from Kapuskasing, Sandy Lake 431 – from Wawa, Moosonee, Sioux Lookout and Greenstone
Residents returned home 882 (total thus far) Cat Lake 223 – from Dryden and Matachewan, Sandy Lake 225 – from Arthur and Greenstone, Eabametoong/Fort Hope 281 – from Greenstone, Mishkeegogamang 153 – from Dryden and Sioux Lookout

The province is coordinating social assistance cheques to arrive to residents at their current location or to their home community if they are returning home.

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