27 New Wildfires in Northwestern Ontario – August 8, 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

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

Forest Fire Situation Update – Northwest Region

THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE UPDATE –  There were 27 new fires in the Northwest region on August 7. The majority of the new fires were caused by lighting that had occurred over the past several days. All of the fires responded well to suppression and efforts were aided by the scattered rain that occurred through the region.

As of the afternoon of August 8 there were 12 new fires found in the region. 9 of these fires were in the Nipigon district, 2 were in Sioux Lookout, and 1 was in the Thunder Bay district.

Resources are mobilized and being moved to priority areas on a daily basis to respond to new and existing fires.  FireRangers are a mobile firefighting force and move between districts and regions to provide support to the areas with the most fire activity and highest fire risk. Air support has also being strategically stationed across the region.

The fire hazard across the region is high. To track the fire hazards and 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 icons.

The majority of the new fires are caused by lightning.

Out of Province Deployment

  • Currently there are approximately 150 staff supporting the province of British Columbia in their fire management efforts.
  • Ontario, as part of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin has formed international crews of firefighters currently deployed to British Columbia.
  • Ontario continues to have firefighting staff on the ground in British Columbia to help support ongoing firefighting efforts. This is being done while also ensuring we have the necessary firefighting personnel here at home. So far since mid-July, four large contingents of FireRangers that had been deployed out of province have now returned to Ontario from BC.

The public is urged to take an active role in preventing more fires. This can be done by not burning when it is windy, monitoring your fire and ensuring that you have water nearby to extinguish your fire. As a reminder, there is no day burning of brush and grass.

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 hot coals and then soak it again!

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’

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