Check the map below to find out where fires are occurring in 2014.
|Year to date||Fires||Hectares|
|10 year average||50||137|
This information has been provided by the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) program of the Ministry of Natural Resources, which coordinates forest fire detection, monitoring, suppression and public information and education services for Ontario.
Where are the fires?
Due to current conditions, this website will be updated once a week until such time more frequent updates are warranted.
The forest fire hazard for the province of Ontario remains low due to persistent winter-like conditions. Mixed precipitation in southern Ontario and snow flurries in the north are expected to continue throughout the week.
In southern and central Ontario, stream flows are moderate to high due to continuing snow melt and rainfall with the potential for flooding near waterways and low lying areas. In northern Ontario, the snow is slowly starting to melt, but there still remains a large amount of snow and ice in place.
Seasonal staff continue to return to work as needed and aircraft remain in a state of readiness. Mandatory spring training is well underway and equipment is on the shelf ready to go. Wildland Engines will be outfitted with suppression equipment and prepared for alerts where needed.
Report forest fires north of the French and Mattawa rivers by calling 310-FIRE (3473). In southern regions, forest fires can be reported by calling your local fire department.
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.