Wildfire Update – Northwest Fire Region – July 22, 2022

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – Wildfire Update – At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard in the Northwest Region is mainly moderate to low with areas of high hazard in the Fort Frances and Thunder Bay sectors.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of July 22.
  • There are three active fires in the region at the time of this update.
    • Red Lake 2 is located approximately 32 kilometres northeast of the far north community of Sandy Lake. The fire is being held at five hectares in size.
    • Sioux Lookout 2, located near Sakwaso Lake, approximately 45 kilometres west/northwest of the remote community of Weagamow. The 1.5 hectare fire is being observed.
    • Nipigon 9,  located approximately 54 kilometres north of Greenstone near Onaman Lake. The 2.5 hectare fire is under control.
  • Check current wildland fire hazard conditions in your local area using our interactive map.
  • AFFES personnel and resources have been deployed to various Canadian jurisdictions in recent days to assist with escalated wildland fire situations. This includes:
    • Two logistics staff from the Northwest Region have been deployed to the Yukon Territory to assist with a fire escalation.
    • A total of 60 Ontario FireRangers and six fire management staff have been deployed to Manitoba to assist with current active wildland fires.
    • An aerial fire suppression team from Ontario, including two CL-415 waterbombers, a birddog aircraft and nine specialized staff are assisting Alberta Wildfire personnel with active fires in their province.

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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