Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date597 Hectares to date39,375
10 year average Fires to date957 Hectares to date105,103
2014 Fires to date296 Hectares to date5,386

 

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

Ontario has 33 aviation and fire management personnel in Idaho and Montana. This total is comprised of 18 overhead staff in Idaho and 15 Overhead staff in Montana. There are also tanker packages in each of these states, totaling four CL-415 heavy water bombers and two Birddog aircraft.

Ontario continues to supply equipment to Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Northeast Fire Region

*The next update will be Tuesday September 8

There were no new fires reported on September 3. By early afternoon on September 4 one new fires has been reported. Sudbury 101 is now being held at 0.1 of a hectare.

Currently there are 6 active fires in the region, three are being observed, two are under control and one is being held.

The forest fire hazard ranges from moderate to high across the region.

Northwest Fire Region

Please note- The next report will be provided on Tuesday September 8, 2015.

There were no new fires confirmed by the early afternoon of September 4 but fire reports were being investigated at the time of this update.  

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to high across the Northwest Region. Rain is in the forecast for the next several days.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires. Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.

For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit ontario.ca/firesmart

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, ontario.ca/forestfire

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Northeast Region:
Debbie MacLean
Fire Information Officer
807-937-7241

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: September 4, 2015