Wildfire Update – Northwest Fire Region – July 4, 2022

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Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – Wildfire Update – The wildfire situation across western and Northern Ontario remains calm.

  • There were no new fires and no active fires in the Northwest region by the late afternoon of July 4.
  • Since the last update:
    • Dryden 2 was located on June 30 on an island on Nora Lake, approximately 90 kilometres southeast of Dryden. The 0.6 hectare fire has been called out.
    • Sioux Lookout 1 was  on July 3 on an island on Minnitaki Lake, approximately 12 kilometres south of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
  • At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard in the Northwest Region is mainly moderate with areas of high hazard in the Kenora, Red Lake and Thunder Bay sectors.
  • 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.

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