Forest Fires

Check the map below to find out where fires are occurring in 2015.

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date31 Hectares to date333
10 year average Fires to date55 Hectares to date146
2014 Fires to date1 Hectares to date0

 

This information has been provided by the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) program of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which coordinates forest fire detection, monitoring, suppression and public information and education services for Ontario.

Where are the fires?

 
Active fires:
New fires:
Out fires:

 

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The 2015 Fire Season is Officially Here

Fire Season Begins

April 1, marks the first day of fire season according to the Forest Fires Prevention Act. Although much of the province is still covered in snow, our FireRangers are beginning to return to the Fire Management Headquarters. By the beginning of May, the fire bases will have their full complement of staff back for the season. Crews will be hard at work in order to brush up on their skills through both hands-on and in-class training. This time of year is crucial for new firefighters to gain valuable knowledge and skills that will help them manage fires as part of a crew.

Outdoor Burning

If you are planning on burning outdoors, be sure not to start a fire until two hours before sunset and have it extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Always exercise caution and ensure conditions are suitable for safe burning and that you are able to properly control your fire. Outdoor fires are regulated under the Forest Fire Prevention Act so be aware of the provisions under the Act. Check with your local municipal fire department for your local burning by-laws. Look here for the rules on outdoor burning.

Weather Forecast

The forecast is calling for a mix of weather across the province. Snow, freezing rain, rain and thunderstorms are possible over the next few days.

Fires

Fort Frances District has had the first fire of the 2015 season. Fort Frances Fire 001 started on March 24 and was fought by the municipal fire department with support from the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program. The fire was located in the Township of Dawson and declared out on the same day at 4.0 hectares in size.

Contact

Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer
705-564-6146

Northwest Region:
Deb MacLean
Fire Information Officer
807-937-7241

Preventing fires

Tips on how to be FireSmart

  • Shore lunch and campfires are responsible for wildfires every spring. Residents are reminded that they must tend their fires at all times, making sure to put them dead out before leaving. If it is windy, the risk of a wildfire is high – don’t burn!
  • Residents planning on burning grass, brush or other wood debris should consider composting or taking material to landfill sites instead. Each spring, grass fires get out of control and cause needless damage to barns, homes and cottages.
  • Planning to use fireworks this weekend? Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA), any person who sets off fireworks is responsible to ensure any hot residue from the discharge of fireworks is extinguished. There may also be municipal by-laws in place regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Residents are reminded of their responsibilities under the FFPA. All forest fires are investigated to determine the cause, and a person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing or property damage incurred by a forest fire.
  • Residents within organized municipalities should check with local fire departments or municipal offices for any burning restrictions in their area.
  • Report forest fires in the Northwest Region and the Northeast Region (for areas north of the French and Mattawa Rivers) by dialing 310-FIRE (3473). Southern region forest fires can be reported by calling the local fire department. 

For more FireSmart tips visit Ontario.ca/fireprevention.

 

Updated: April 24, 2015