Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date421 Hectares to date37,154
10 year average Fires to date633 Hectares to date96,691
2014 Fires to date211 Hectares to date5,193

 

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

Currently there are 174 fire management personnel from Ontario in the following locations - Alberta (2), British Columbia (109) and Saskatchewan (63). 

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

Northeast Fire Region

After the report on July 24, there were 4 more fires reported. Sault Ste. Marie 7 is out at 0.3 hectares. Sudbury 40 is out at 0.2 hectares, Timmins 9 is out at 0.1 hectares and Chapleau 4 is being held at 8.2 hectares.

Over the weekend there were 6 new fires confirmed. Sudbury 41 is hectares, Sudbury 42 is being held at 0.5 hectares, Sudbury 43 is under control at 0.3 hectares, Timmins 10 is being held at 0.5 hectares, Wawa 8 is being obseved, Wawa 9 is being held at 1.5 hectares. 
  
So far July 27, no new fires have been reported. Currently there are 16 active fires in the region, 8 of which are being observed. Sudbury 38 is being held at 23.6 hectares, Sudbury 39 is under control at 1.0 hectare.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme. The areas of most concern are from Sault Ste. Marie Elliot Lake, they are seeing an extreme hazard.

Northwest Fire Region

There were no new fires over the weekend and no new fires by the afternoon of July 27 in the Northwest Region.

A number of northern fires in the Sioux Lookout District have been declared out. The regional total of active fires now sits at 22 with six in the Nipigon District, 10 in the Red Lake District and six in the Sioux Lookout District. Of these, 21 fires are being observed and one, Red Lake Fire 050 is under control.

The forest hazard ranges from low to extreme in the region. It is low to moderate in the southwest sector and extreme in the far north of Sioux Lookout District and the far northwest sector of Nipigon District. The remainder of the region is in a high forest fire hazard.

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 27, 2015