Restricted Fire Zone in Effect May 22, 2020

Fire Ban is in effect
Fire Ban is in effect

THUNDER BAY – Dry conditions in the woodlands has brought about a restricted fire ban across Northwestern Ontario. This ban has already brought about outside burning bans in Thunder Bay and other municipal areas. If you are not sure if there is a fire ban in your community you may contact the non-emergency line at your local fire department.

Currently the outdoor fire ban is in effect in Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, and Nipigon.

May 22, 2020
Time of Report – 17:30

Northwest Region

  • There was one new forest fire confirmed by the afternoon of May 22.
    • Thunder Bay 14 is being held at 0.9 hectares and is located near Pete Lake, approximately 51 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
  • There are currently six active forest fires in the Northwest Region. One is not under control and the remainder are either being held or under control.
  • The fire hazard is predominantly high to extreme with an area of moderate hazard in the far north of the region.
  • For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at

Restricted Fire Zone effective 12:01 am Saturday May 23

Due to the high to extreme forest fire hazard, effective 12:01 am Saturday, May 23, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will implement a Restricted Fire Zone in the Thunder Bay and Dryden Districts, as well as the eastern Fort Frances district and southern portions of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.

The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice. Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care.  You can learn more about Restricted Fire Zones here.


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