Northwest Fire Region Update: Low Wildland Fire Hazard

Wildfire Report

Current Wildfire Status

28 Active Fires: Presently, the Northwest Region is actively monitoring 28 fires. Among these, 1 is being held, 6 are under control, and 21 are currently under observation. There were no new fires reported today. However, one new fire was confirmed after yesterday’s report:

Nipigon 107: This fire covers an area of 185 hectares and is currently under observation. It is situated approximately 128 kilometers northeast of Greenstone and about 28 kilometers north of Jog Lake.

Fire Hazard Assessment

Low Fire Hazard: The assessment of wildland fire hazard indicates a low risk for the majority of the Northwest Region. However, there are localized pockets of moderate fire hazard near MacDowell Lake, Big Trout Lake, and the northeast shore of Hudson Bay.

Smoke Forecast

Potential Smoke Impact: Certain areas in the Northwest Region may experience the effects of smoke drift from Western Canada. For individuals interested in monitoring smoke forecasts, up-to-date and forecasted smoke conditions can be accessed at If you have concerns regarding the health impacts of smoke, Telehealth Ontario can provide guidance and assistance at 811.

Safety around Waterbombers

Clear Waterbomber Paths: When waterbombers approach bodies of water, it is essential to move close to the shore, allowing them to safely collect water. Remember that a waterbomber will not scoop from a lake or river if there are watercraft nearby, as this poses a safety risk. Ensuring safe water scoop operations is crucial.

No Drone Operation Zone

Avoid Flying Drones: Operating drones in proximity to forest fires is both illegal and poses significant dangers. Drone flights near forest fires can endanger the lives of pilots, firefighters, and emergency personnel. Please refrain from flying drones near areas affected by forest fires to maintain safety.

Reporting Wildland Fires

North of French and Mattawa Rivers: To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, promptly dial 310-FIRE. For forest fires south of these rivers, dial 911.

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