Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2014 Fires to date300 Hectares to date5,386
10 year average Fires to date1,097 Hectares to date110,891
2013 Fires to date579 Hectares to date51,085

 

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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Provincial Update

The forest fire season officially ends on October 31. At this time there are no active wildfires in Ontario. There are three active prescribed burns in the Northwest Region in the districts of Red Lake and Sioux Lookout. These prescribed burns are helping to restore the forest ecosystem, reduce hazards forest fuels and establish Woodland Caribou habitat.
 
A final season synopsis will be posted on October 31. This will be the last report until then unless new forest fire activity occurs.
 
People are reminded to safely manage outdoor fires according to conditions set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario.
 
If you have any questions there are contact numbers below.
 

Contact

Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer
705-564-6146

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. 

For more FireSmart tips visit Ontario.ca/fireprevention.

 

Updated: October 15, 2014