THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard is low throughout the Northwest Region, with the exception of a moderate hazard in the Thunder Bay area and the Quetico region in the Fort Frances sector.
Please note: The next update will be provided on Monday, June 20.
- There were no new fires confirmed and no active fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of June 16.
- Since the last update:
- Nipigon 5 was a small grass fire within the community of Rossport on June 15. The 0.1 hectare fire was called out shortly after officials arrived at the scene.
- Fort Frances 4 was discovered on Manitou Island on Lower Manitou Lake, approximately 81 kilometres north/northeast of Fort Frances on June 15. The fire was called out at 0.1 hectares.
- Check current wildland fire hazard conditions in your local area using the interactive map.
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 two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. Consult the full set of Outdoor Burning Regulations. If you intend to burn within the boundaries of a municipality, check with your local fire department for restrictions or permitting requirements.
Help fight forest fires: Stay clear of waterbombers!
When waterbombers approach a body of water, move close to the shore so they can perform their scoop safely. A waterbomber will not scoop from a lake or river if encroaching watercraft pose a safety hazard. Be safe, stay clear of waterbombers.
Report a Wildland Fire
To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
For tips on preventing wildland fires and information on the current fire situation, follow us on Twitter in English and French @ONforestfires and @ONfeudeforet.