Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update, August 15, 2022

Wildfire Season - Waterbomber

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – Our slow fire season continues. While there was one fire confirmed in the region on Monday, three wildfires have been declared out.

  • One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of Aug. 15.
    • Nipigon 14 is located near Pamela Lake, approximately 16 kilometres east of Longlac. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Since the last update:
    • Red Lake 4 was discovered near Springpole Lake on Aug. 13, approximately 112 kilometres east/northeast of Red Lake. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
    • Thunder Bay 11 was discovered on Aug. 13 adjacent to the Wabinosh River and Hwy. 527, approximately 186 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out
    • Nipigon 13 was discovered on Aug. 13 near Scroll Lake, approximately 19 kilometres west of Geraldton. The 0.2 hectare fire has been called out.
  • The wildland fire hazard is mainly low to moderate across the Northwest Region with isolated areas of high hazard conditions in the Fort Frances 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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