Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date330 Hectares to date33,437
10 year average Fires to date421 Hectares to date50,692
2014 Fires to date144 Hectares to date3,258

 

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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Forest Fire Situation Update

Out of Province Resources

Ontario is supporting firefighting efforts with 219 fire management personnel to the following provinces and territories. Alberta (80), Saskatchewan (43), Parks Canada- Saskatchewan(8), the Northwest Territories(84), Manitoba (2) and the Yukon (2).

There are seven aviation personnel in Alberta to provide air attack with two CL-415 heavy water bombers and one bird dog aircraft.

Ontario is providing equipment including fire hose, sprinkler kits, pumps and chainsaws to Alberta, British Columbia, Parks Canada and Saskatchewan.

Northeast Fire Region

As of the early afternoon of July 6, three new fires have been confirmed in the region in the previous 24 hours. All of these occurred in the Sudbury region, and two have seen been declared out. The active fire, Sudbury 26, is being held. Currently there are ten active fires in the region, a majority of which are being observed in the far north.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme. The areas of greatest concern are Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, with areas along the Quebec border spanning Kingston to Moosonee are also experiencing a high hazard. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises Ontarians to practice safe burning when outdoors.

We would like to remind the public to use caution when lighting outdoor fires, especially in spring conditions. Always check with your local municipal fire department for burning regulations in your area. For more information regarding outdoor burning regulations throughout the province, please consult the Forest Fire Prevention Act.

Northwest Fire Region

There were three new fires in the Northwest Region on July 4 but no new fires on July 5 and 6 as weather systems with rain and cloud tracked across the region. The forest fire hazard is low in most locations.

Despite this shift in hazard there are still 49 active fires in the region including 18 in the Nipigon District, 10 in the Red Lake District, 20 in the Sioux Lookout District and one in the Thunder Bay District.

Contact

Northeast Region:
Robert Woodrich
Fire Information Officer
705-564-6028

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: July 6, 2015