Northwestern Ontario Wild Fire Update – July 8 2015

MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport
MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport
MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport
MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport

THUNDER BAY – Rain in the region has helped with the wild fire situation across Northwestern Ontario.

There were no new fires reported in the Northwest Region by the evening of July 8.

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,

Out of Province Deployment

Ontario is supporting firefighting efforts with 301 fire management personnel in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada- Saskatchewan , the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and the Yukon .

There are aviation personnel in Alberta to provide air attack with two CL-415 heavy water bombers and one bird dog aircraft and the same in British Columbia for a total of 4 CL-415 heavy water bombers, two Birddog aircraft and 14 aviation personnel including pilots, air attack officers and mechanics.

Ontario is providing equipment including fire hose, sprinkler kits, pumps and chainsaws to Alberta, British Columbia, Parks Canada and Saskatchewan.

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

The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates – 1-888-258-8842. Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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