Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update, August 22, 2022

Wildfire Season - Waterbomber

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – It remains quiet on the wildfire front.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of Aug. 22.
  • Since the last update:
    • Sioux Lookout 5 was located near Osnaburgh Lake, approximately five kilometres southeast of Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
    • Fort Frances 10 was located on an island in Rainy Lake, approximately 26 kilometres north of Fort Frances. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.
    • Sioux Lookout 4, the sole active fire in the Northwest Region, is located near Seeseep Lake, approximately 23 kilometres east of Weagamow Lake First Nation. The 1.75 hectare fire is being observed.
  • The wildland fire hazard is mainly moderate to low across the Northwest Region.
  • 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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