THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE Update – There were no new fires reported in the Northwest Region by the evening of July 7 leaving the total number of active fires in the region to 48 including 18 in the Nipigon District, 10 in the Red Lake District, 19 in the Sioux Lookout District and 1 in the Thunder Bay District.
The forest fire hazard is low in the west and moderate in the eastern sectors of the region.
For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map check this link, ontario.ca/forestfire.
Out of Province Deployment
Ontario is supporting firefighting efforts with 231 fire management personnel to the following provinces and territories. Alberta (91), Saskatchewan (44), Parks Canada- Saskatchewan (8), the Northwest Territories(84), Manitoba (2) and the Yukon (2).
There are seven aviation personnel in Alberta to provide air attack with two CL-415 heavy water bombers and one bird dog aircraft.
Ontario is providing equipment including fire hose, sprinkler kits, pumps and chainsaws to Alberta, British Columbia, Parks Canada and Saskatchewan.
Scheduled for transport to British Columbia July 7 are 70 fire management personnel to British Columbia. Also, air attack resources including, 2 CL-415 heavy water bombers and a Birddog aircraft are being sent to British Columbia with seven aviation personnel (pilots, air attack officer, mechanics).
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires. Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.
For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit ontario.ca/firesmart.
The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates – 1-888-258-8842. Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).