THUNDER BAY – There was one new forest fire confirmed by the afternoon of July 27.
- Sioux Lookout 37 is being observed at 0.4 hectares and is located near Lookout Lake, approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Muskrat Dam First Nation.
There are currently 18 active fires in the region. Two fires are being held, four fires are under control, and 12 fires are being observed.
Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is predominantly low to moderate with a few areas of high hazard in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts.
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