Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2014 Fires to date208 Hectares to date4,442
10 year average Fires to date688 Hectares to date96,869
2013 Fires to date447 Hectares to date50,960

 

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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Out of Province Deployment

There are 564 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in Alberta (107), British Columbia (281) and the Northwest Territories (179) to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts. 

Personnel who have reached the end of their assigned time are returning from British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario remain on assignment in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Ontario is also providing equipment including 400 power pumps, two thousand lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.

This map shows the general location of Ontario resources on out-of-province assignments.

Northeast Region

Note: The next update will be on Tuesday August 5 
 
No new fires were confirmed on July 31. The current forest fire situation remains relatively quiet, with two active fires in the region.
 
To date this season, 129 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4079.1 ha.
 
Recent precipitation has weakened the fire hazard. The South and central portions of the region are at a low hazard, while most of the north is seeing a moderate to high hazard. Today, showers will continue for areas north of Sudbury. These areas could see up to 5mm. The rest of the central and southern portions of the region will see a mix of sun and cloud. Temperatures will remain below normal seasonal values.
 
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

Please note- The next report will be provided on Tuesday August 5, 2014.

There was one new fire reported in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 1. Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 10 is under control at 0.1 ha and is located in Big Trout Lake First Nation. Two more fires remain active in the region. Kenora District Fire Number 10 is under control at 0.2 ha. Red Lake District Fire Number 17, located in Woodland Caribou Park is being monitored and is 145 ha in size. The degree of concern for fire behaviour is low to moderate for the south and moderate to high for the north. For Friday August 1, most of the region will be mainly sunny and dry, except a few patches of clouds with isolated showers lingering in the extreme eastern sectors. The forecast for Saturday Aug 2 is cloudy conditions with showers and a risk of thunderstorms for most of the region. Up to 10-15mm of precipitation is forecast with local amounts of 20-25mm possible in thunderstorms.

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: August 1, 2014