Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update – July 6 2016

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THUNDER BAY – Wildfire Update – There were no new fires by the early evening of July 06 in the Northwest Region. The low to moderate fire hazard across the southern part of Northwestern Ontario is helping. The fire risk in the far north is listed as moderate to high.

There were two new fires in the region by day’s end on July 05 – Lightning-caused fires in the Sioux Lookout and Red Lake Districts. Red Lake Fire 018 is now out.

Active fires in the Northwest Region include:

  1. Red Lake District Fire 003 is being observed at a size of 74,334 hectares.
  2. Sioux Lookout District Fire 014 is being observed. This lightning-caused fire is located in a remote location in the far north. Its current size is 38 hectares.
  3. Sioux Lookout District Fire 019 is being observed at 8.0 hectares. This lightning-caused fire is located north of Muskrat Dam Lake near the Morrison River.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services warns the public that flying UAV’s around forest fires is both dangerous and illegal.

When you fly a UAV near a forest fire you can put the lives of pilots, firefighters and other emergency workers at risk. The delays and distractions associated with having one of these aircraft in the area could also put the lives of the public and the safety of their homes at risk when forest fire suppression efforts are underway. Always think safety first and keep your UAV away from forest fires.

Check out Prevention 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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