May 27/19 – Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update #13

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The Forest Fire Hazard heading into the weekend is high in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY – The wildfire situation across the Northwest district varies across the region.

Northwest Region

  • There was one new forest fire confirmed by the afternoon of May 27.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 8 is being held at 0.5 hectares and is located in Pikangikum First Nation.

Fire hazard in the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is moderate to high in the far north of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts. The forest fire hazard is low across the remainder of the Northwest Region.

AFFES staff deployed to Alberta
More than 110 staff members from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services are assisting the province of Alberta with its escalated fire situation. This includes FireRangers, support staff and one incident management team.

The sharing of resources across Canada is facilitated by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg under the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing agreement.

The fire situation in Ontario has been relatively quiet since the beginning of the 2019 fire season, and we remain fully prepared to respond to any forest fires that may arise here at home.

Help prevent forest fires

Adopt safe campfire practices!  Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.  Stay nearby: never leave it unattended.  Put your fire out by drowning it with water.  Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site.  Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again.  You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out. More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

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.

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