Northwest Fire Region Initiates Fire Season with Controlled Prescribed Burn

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Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation Update

Ongoing Vigilance and Adherence to Outdoor Burning Regulations Encouraged

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – April 8, 2024 – As the fire season officially commences in the Northwest Fire Region, a critical update comes from the Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services.

Highlighting the region’s proactive approach to fire management, a prescribed burn, known as Kenora 1, is currently underway near the Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. This 20-hectare controlled fire is part of a strategic effort to manage vegetation and reduce wildfire risk, and as of this afternoon, it is being held effectively.

Updates and Regulations to Remember

The community is reminded that updates on the fire situation will be provided every Monday and Thursday throughout the fire season, which began on April 1st. This schedule ensures timely and relevant information is available to all stakeholders.

With the onset of the fire season, the importance of following Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations cannot be overstated. These rules are crucial for preventing unintended wildfires, particularly during this vulnerable period.

Safe Outdoor Burning Practices

The Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services department urges the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities. Alternatives to burning, such as composting or utilizing local landfill options for yard waste and woody debris, are strongly recommended. For those instances where burning is necessary, compliance with the official outdoor burning regulations is imperative. This includes starting fires no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguishing them no later than two hours after sunrise, with appropriate containment tools and water readily available.

Reporting Wildland Fires

In the event of spotting a wildland fire, residents in the Northwest Region should report it promptly to ensure swift action:

  • For fires located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please call 310-FIRE.
  • For fires south of these rivers, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Stay Informed and Engaged

For continuous updates and tips on preventing wildland fires, the public is encouraged to follow Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and X formerly Twitter) at @ONforestfires and @ONfeudeforet, available in both English and French. Additional information, including detailed guidelines and resources, is accessible at www.ontario.ca/forestfire.

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