Wild Fire Update – Northwest Fire Region May 4, 2023

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Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY – Wild Fire Update – The fire hazard is high for all regions to the west of the Thunder Bay District.

Northwest Region 

Please note: The next update will be provided on Monday, May 8.

  • One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region since the last update on May 1.
  • Sioux Lookout 1 was located in the early evening hours of May 3, north of Botsford Lake, approximately 17 kilometres east/northeast of Sioux Lookout. The 1.0 hectare fire is under control and is the region’s sole active fire at the time of this update.
  • Kenora 1, which was listed in the May 1 update near the community of Wabaseemoong Independent Nation, was declared out at 0.2 hectares in size on May 3.
  • At the time of this update, high wildland fire hazard conditions prevail through all or parts of Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout sectors. Moderate to low hazard conditions are present in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors.
  • For a closer look at fire hazard conditions in your area view 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.

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.

For tips on preventing wildland fires and information on the current fire situation, follow us on Twitter in English and French @ONforestfires and @ONfeudeforet.

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