September 23, 2021 – Northwest Fire Region Wildfire Update

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Wildfire Update

Thunder Bay – Wildfire Update – As the fire season continues to wind down, there are now 14 active fires in the region. One fire was declared out today. Two fires are being held, six are recorded as under control and six fires are being monitored.

  • One new fire was discovered in the northwest region by the late afternoon of Sept. 23.
    • Fort Frances 155 was located near Hopkins Bay Rd., approximately 18 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
  • Two more fires were discovered since Monday’s update.
    • Red Lake 226 was discovered approximately six kilometres south of Ear Falls. The 0.3 hectare fire is being held.
    • Kenora 151 was discovered near the Kenora Airport. The 0.2 hectare fire has been called out.
  • The wildland fire hazard is mainly high in the Kenora and Red Lake sectors, a range of low to high hazard conditions in Dryden and Sioux Lookout sectors, low to moderate in Fort Frances sector and low across the Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors.
  • To see the wildland fire hazard near you, visit our interactive map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits.