Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update, August 6, 2022

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – The slowest fire season in the region continues. Rain, high humidity have been contributing factors.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of August 6.
  • Since the last update:
    • Fort Frances 7 was discovered in the evening hours of Aug. 5 near Hook Lake, approximately 65 kilometres north of Fort Frances. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
  • There is one active fire in the region at the time of this update:
    • 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.
  • At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard in the Northwest Region was low in the far north areas of the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout sectors as well as low throughout most of the Fort Frances and Thunder Bay sectors along the International border. Central portions of the region such as Kenora, Dryden and Nipigon sectors feature mainly moderate with areas of high hazard conditions.
  • Check current wildland fire hazard conditions in your local area using our 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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