Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update – July 22 2016

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THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE – Warm weather, and lightning caused fires are ramping up the wildfire hazard in Northwestern Ontario.

There were two new fires reported in the Northwest Region by the early afternoon of July 22, one in the Sioux Lookout District, which is now out, and one in the Thunder Bay District. This follows a busy day on July 21 when 14 new fires were confirmed. Twelve were in the Sioux Lookout District and most were lightning-caused.

There are 17 active fires in the region at this time:

Current fires map

  • Nipigon District Fire 023 is a lightning-caused fire listed at 960 hectares in size. It is being observed and is located about 30 kilometres west of Neskantaga First Nation in the far north.
  • Nipigon District Fire 024 is a lightning-caused fire listed at 0.2 hectares in size. It is being observed and is located on an island in Nibinamik Lake, 29 km east of Wunnumin Lake First Nation.
  • Red Lake District Fire 003 in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is being observed at a size of 74,334 hectares.
  • 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.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 020 is not under control at 40 hectares. This lightning-caused fire is located about 83 kilometres north of Pickle Lake.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 021, located about 95 kilometres north, northwest of Pickle Lake in the Pipestone River Provincial Park. It is listed as being observed at 16.0 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 022, located about nine kilometres east of Kingfisher Lake in the far north is a lightning-caused fire listed as not under control at 30.0 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 023, located about 35 kilometres west, southwest of Kingfisher Lake in a remote location is a lightning-caused fire. It is listed as being observed at 30 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 024, located about 52 kilometres east of Pickle Lake. It is a lightning-caused fire listed as under control at 0.3 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 025, located in the far north near the Kakagiwizida River, east of the Pipestone River. It is listed as being observed at 0.5 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 026, located in the far north about 32 kilometres east of Pipestone River Provincial Park between Obigan and Brock Lake. It is a lightning-caused fire listed as being observed at 15 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 027, located in the far north about 21 kilometres north, northeast of the Pipestone River Provincial Park. It is a lightning-caused fire listed as being observed at 5.0 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 028, located 46 kilometres northeast of Cat Lake is being observed at 20 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 029, located 40 kilometres north of Cat Lake is being observed at 100 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 30, located 24 kilometres north, northeast of Cat Lake is being observed at 20 hectares in size.
  • Sioux Lookout District Fire 31 located at the southeast portion of Pipestone River Provincial Park. It is listed as being held at two hectares in size.
  • Thunder Bay District Fire 027, located in the southeast area of Wabakimi Provincial Park and is listed as not under control at 0.1 hectares in size.

Fire numbers and online information:

  • Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
  • Fire Information Line for general Northwest Region updates
    1-888-258-8842
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