Check the map below to find out where fires are occurring in 2014.
|Year to date||Fires||Hectares|
|10 year average||875||99,924|
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?
Out of Province Deployment
There are 458 personnel on out of province dispatch from the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, with 285 in British Columbia and 168 in the Northwest Territories.
Additional resource moves including overhead personnel, an Incident Management Team and FireRanger crews are planned for BC and the NWT between August 19 and 21, while rotation continues of personnel returning to Ontario as their scheduled deployment ends.
Equipment has also been deployed to British Columbia including power pumps, fire hose, values protection units and portable relay tanks.
There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 19, and no new fires the previous day of August 18.
The fires are a mix of human and lightning-caused, and many are burning in remote locations not threatening any people or property and are being monitored.
The fire hazard is low across most of the southern sectors of the region as a result of rain and cooler temperatures and more rain is in the forecast. The northern sectors of the region remain in a moderate to high fire hazard and lightning-caused fires remain a possibility as lightning has tracked across the region in the past week.
Fire Information Officer
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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.