Forest Fires

Check the map below to find out where fires are occurring in 2014.

Year to date Fires Hectares
2014 Fires to date296 Hectares to date5,483
10 year average Fires to date1,064 Hectares to date110,835
2013 Fires to date562 Hectares to date51,083

 

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?

 
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Ontario firefighting resources are being scaled back as the fall season progresses and fire activity slows. FireRanger crew resources are now at about 20 percent of the peak summer levels, and the aerial detection program is coming to an end for the season.

Air Attack birddog aircraft will remain on through to mid-September when an assessment of the fire hazard will determine if they will remain longer. Some CL-415 heavy water bombers will remain on into October and the remainder will begin fall and winter maintenance schedules. These resource levels are adequate for the forest fire situation in Ontario.

All Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry who had been on assignment in western and northern Canada have returned to Ontario.

From June through to September a total of 1,345 personnel provided support for a total of 22,309 person days. These totals represent a rotation of personnel deployments, as many people went out on more than one assignment through the summer.

The jurisdictions they provided support to included Alberta, Parks Canada (Banff, Lake Louise), British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. These personnel included FireRangers, Incident Management Team members and overhead staff as well as Air Attack officers and CL-415 pilots.

CL-415 and Air Attack packages were deployed to Saskatchewan in May and twice to the Northwest Territories in August.

Ontario continues to support British Columbia with equipment including power pumps, portable relay tanks and several thousand lengths of fire hose. There were also two mobile Values Protection Units deployed to British Columbia from July to September.

Northeast Region

Forest fire activity remains slow with no fires currently active. The Northeast Region has not had a new fire start since September 2. 

To date this season, 171 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4166 ha.

Areas north of Heart and Cochrane are at a moderate fire hazard, while areas in the far north and south are at a low hazard. Today, the region will see unsettled weather bringing a risk of showers and thunderstorms along Lake Huron, northeast towards Sudbury and along the Quebec border with precipitation amounts of 2-10mm. Cloud cover is expected for most of the day with temperatures in the low to mid-teens but will be cooler by the water. 

People are reminded that the Ontario Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA) holds individuals liable for the negligent use of fire. Contact your local Fire Management Headquarters or municipality to determine open burning by-laws in effect.

 

Northwest Region

There were no new fires on September 13 and 14 and there are currently no active fires burning in the Northwest Region. Cloudy conditions and showers are forecast for September 15, with low forest fire hazards expected across the region.

Contact

Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer
705-564-6062

Northwest Region:
Jonathan Scott
Fire Information Officer
807-937-7375

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. 

For more FireSmart tips visit Ontario.ca/fireprevention.

 

Updated: September 15, 2014