Wildland Fire Update: Northwest Region: September 18, 2023

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Wildfire Update

Thunder Bay – Wildland Fire Update – As of the late afternoon on September 18, there have been no new wildfire confirmations in the Northwest Region. This period of stability provides an opportunity for ongoing firefighting efforts.

Active Fires and Hazard Assessment

At the time of this update, there are 19 active wildfires within the Northwest Region. Among these, one fire is being held, five are under control, and efforts continue to observe and manage the remaining 13 fires.

The assessment of wildland fire hazards across the region is varied. The Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors predominantly experience low fire hazards. The Dryden and Sioux Lookout sectors encounter conditions ranging from low to moderate hazards. In contrast, the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Red Lake sectors face moderate to high hazard levels.

Revised Update Schedule

Starting from Monday, September 18, the Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update will be issued twice weekly, specifically on Mondays and Thursdays. This revised schedule aims to provide the most current and relevant information to our communities.

Outdoor Burning Regulations and Safety

As we transition into fall conditions, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services reminds the public to exercise caution when engaging in outdoor burning activities. Disposing of yard waste and woody debris through methods such as composting or local landfill use is encouraged. If outdoor burning is necessary, strict adherence to Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations is essential.

These regulations stipulate that fires must be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Adequate tools and water should be on hand to contain fires at the site. Comprehensive guidance on safe outdoor burning practices is available via the full set of Outdoor Burning Regulations on our website. For additional insights, visit “How to burn grass and woody debris safely” on ontario.ca.

Report Wildland Fires

We urge the public to promptly report any signs of wildland fires, as your vigilance is vital in ensuring the safety of our communities and preserving our natural environment.

To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. For forest fires situated south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.

Your responsible reporting contributes significantly to our shared commitment to fire safety. Stay informed and stay safe.

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