Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 18, 2019

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – No new fires were discovered by mid-afternoon on June 18.

At the time of this update there were ten active fires in the region – one of which was not under control, one was being held, four were under control and four were being observed.

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake

Sioux Lookout 8 near Pickle Lake is now under control at 824 hectares.

Red Lake 14 near Pikangikum and Red Lake 17

Red 14 near Pikangikum is now under control at 3,835 hectares. Crews continue to search for hot spots identified through infrared scans.

Red 17 northeast of Trout Lake is now being held at 6,507 hectares. Crews continue to re-enforce existing hose lines and extinguish hot spots identified by infrared scanning.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region

The forest fire hazard ranges from moderate to high throughout most of the Northwest Region, with some areas north of Red Lake showing an extreme hazard. Unsettled weather conditions in the Fort Frances District, and the south end of the Kenora and Dryden Districts will bring the hazard down to low.

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

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.

Fire numbers and online information:

  • Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
  • Follow us on Twitter: @OnForestFire




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