Forest Fire Update Northwest Region July 08, 2017

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MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport
MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport

THUNDER BAY – Time of Report 16:36 – Northwest Region

There was one new fire reported by the afternoon of July 08 in the Northwest Region. Kenora Fire Number 20 is under control at 0.5 hectares and is located on the Aulneau Peninsula.

There were five new fires in the region by day’s end on July 07. Two were located in Thunder Bay District, two in Sioux Lookout District and one in Nipigon District. Most of these fires were declared being held, under control or out within 24 hours and one fire in a remote northern location in the Sioux Lookout District will be monitored.

The forest fire hazard is forecast to range from low to high across the Northwest Region with the highest hazard in the Red Lake and Kenora districts.

Ontario has increased the maximum fines for individuals and corporations for starting forest fires.  Increased Fines for Starting a Forest Fire Ontario Strengthens Law to Deter Forest Fires

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.

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Report prepared by Jonathan Scott

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