THUNDER BAY – Time of Report 17:15EDT – There were five new fires in the Northwest Region by day’s end on July 05 and four new fires were confirmed by the evening of July 06. Lightning is the main cause of these new fires. Heavy lightning activity has been recorded in the past several days so more fires are expected to pop up as high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions fan them into life.
Aerial detection patrols are flying over the lightning strike pathways and people are reminded to call 310-FIRE (3473) to report forest fires.
This brings to nine the number of active fires in the region. To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.
Planning to have a campfire?
Here are some tips on how to safely enjoy your campfire and avoid the costs and dangers that can arise from an unextinguished or unattended campfire:
- Choose your site carefully. Select a site with easy access to water that is sheltered from high winds. The fire must be built on bare rock or non-combustible material.
- Prepare the site. Clear a one metre space around your campfire site and remove all pine needles, grasses, leaves and twigs.
- Keep your fire small. By law, your campfire cannot exceed one metre in height and one metre in diameter.
- Stay nearby. Never leave your campfire unattended.
- Put your fire out. Soak your fire with water.
- Be sure the fire is extinguished. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover.
Fire numbers and online information:
- Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
- Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
- For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report prepared by Deb MacLean