Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2014 Fires to date292 Hectares to date5,419
10 year average Fires to date928 Hectares to date101,904
2013 Fires to date549 Hectares to date51,061


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

Note: The next update will be on September 2nd

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry continues to provide support to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories in an ongoing firefighting effort that has been ongoing since mid-summer.

As of August 29 there were 340 personnel on assignment out of Ontario, including 45 in the Northwest Territories and 295 in British Columbia. The personnel include Incident Management Teams, Ontario FireRangers and overhead staff.

In addition, Ontario has provided 430 power pumps, two values protection units, 41 portable relay tanks and 10,000 lengths of hose to British Columbia.

Northeast Region

Note: The next update will be on September 2nd

Since August 25, no new fires have been reported. At present there are three active fires being observed in the far north.
To date this season, 168 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4166 ha.
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 prepared on Tuesday September 2, 2014.

There were four forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region on August 28. Fort Frances Fire Number 15, Fort Frances Fire Number 16, Nipigon Fire Number 20, and Thunder Bay Fire Number 15 have been declared out.

There were no new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 29. There are eight fires that are being monitored in the Northwest Region. The forest fire hazard is low throughout the entire region. For Friday August 29, a low pressure system will track across the province creating showers and thunderstorms for most of the region. Local rainfall amounts of 20-30mm are expected from heavy showers and thunderstorms. On Saturday August 30, a ridge of high pressure will bring clearing skies for the region. Winds will be light with temperatures near 20 degrees.


Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer

Northwest Region:
Jonathan Scott
Fire Information Officer

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. 

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Updated: August 29, 2014