Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update – July 2 2016

Air quality in Thunder Bay is being impacted by smoke from wild fires

THUNDER BAY – Wildfire Update – There were no new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of July 2.

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the region. Sioux Lookout District Fire 013 has been declared out at 22 hectares.

Current active fires include:

  • Red Lake District Fire 003 is being observed at a size of 74,334 hectares.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 014 is being observed. The lightning-caused fire is located in a remote location in the far north. Its current size is 12 hectares.

Fireworks during long weekends are a tradition, but there are conditions for use of fireworks under the Ontario Forest Fires Prevention Act. People who discharge fireworks in or within 300 metres of a forest area must make sure that there is no burning residue left.  There may also be municipal by-laws regarding the use of fireworks so check with local fire officials before setting fireworks.

People should choose a fire safe-area that is free of flammable materials to ignite fireworks such as in a gravel area or over a body of water. Have fire suppression equipment on hand and when done, check the area for any hot residue and make sure it is put out.  People may also opt to attend an organized fireworks venue instead of setting off their own.

Check out for guidelines on safe outdoor fire management.

For more information about the current fire situation, and the active fires map go to

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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