Wildfire Update for September 9, 2022

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Wildfire Season - Waterbomber

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – The wild fire hazard overall has dropped with recent precipitation.

  • No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of September 9.
  • There are currently two active fires burning in the region. One fire is under control and one fire is being observed.
  • Wildland fire hazard conditions vary across the region with high hazard conditions present in the Red Lake and far north portions of the Sioux Lookout sector. A moderate hazard encompasses most of the Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances sectors as well as the southern portions of Sioux Lookout sector. Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors feature low to moderate 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.