Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update, August 17, 2022

Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – The fire hazard across the majority of the region is low. There are medium to high fire hazard areas in both the Thunder Bay and Nipigon regions.

The slow fire season however continues.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of Aug. 17.
  • Since the last update:
    • Nipigon 17 is located near Proctor Lake, approximately 30 kilometres east of Longlac. The fire is being held at 0.2 hectares.
  • There is one other active fire in the Northwest Region:
    • Nipigon 16 is located approximately 27 kilometres west of Geraldton. The 1.5 hectare fire is not under control.
  • At the time of this update the wildland fire hazard was low across the southern portions of the region with moderate and high hazard conditions lingering in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors. Hazard conditions are mainly moderate in the far north.
  • 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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