Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update, August 18, 2022

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All in good fun, Smokey the Bear and Munzeroy clown for the camera... but seriously fighting forest fires is really important.
All in good fun, Smokey the Bear and Munzeroy clown for the camera... but seriously fighting forest fires is really important.

THUNDER BAY – Wildfire Update – It remains one of the quieter fire seasons on record. There are only two active fires in the region as of Thursday afternoon, one under control and one being held.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of Aug. 18.
  • At the time of this update there are two active fires in the region, both in the Nipigon sector. One fire is under control and one fire is being held.
  • The wildland fire hazard is low across the southern half of the Northwest Region. Hazard conditions in the far north are mainly moderate with pockets of high hazard.
  • 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.