THUNDER BAY – Cool and damp weather conditions are putting a real damper on the forest fire situation across Northwestern Ontario. For the entire Labour Day weekend and into Tuesday there were no new forest fires confirmed.
There are currently 16 active fires in the region. Three fires are under control, and 13 fires are being observed.
Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is predominantly low with a few pockets of moderate hazard in the districts of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon.
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.
Fire numbers and online information:
- Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)