THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – For the holiday weekend, the wildfire hazard remains varied across the region. One of the goals of course is not having any man-made fires. Enjoy and protect our woodlands.
- There were no new fires and no active fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of June 30.
- Since the last update:
- Thunder Bay 7 was discovered during the evening hours of June 28 north of Hwy. 17 near Pearl Lake, approximately 53 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay. FireRanger crews joined firefighters from Pass Lake and Shuniah Fire Teams who also responded. The 0.5 hectare fire was called out on June 30.
- At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard was mainly low throughout the Northwest region with areas of moderate hazard in the Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay sectors. The Fort Frances sector features moderate to high hazard conditions.
- 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.