Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date153 Hectares to date545
10 year average Fires to date186 Hectares to date9,028
2014 Fires to date26 Hectares to date78

 

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?

 
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Forest Fire Situation Update

Northeast Fire Region

Since May 21, no new fires have been confirmed in the region. Timmins 3 has since been declared out.

The forest fire hazard currently ranges from low to high throughout the region, with many of the southern reaches of the region experiencing the greatest hazard.

We would like to remind the public to use caution when lighting outdoor fires, especially in spring conditions. Always check with your local municipal fire department for burning regulations in your area. For more information regarding outdoor burning regulations throughout the province, please consult the Forest Fire Prevention Act.

Northwest Fire Region

Please note- The next report will be provided on Monday May 25, 2015.

There were no new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early afternoon of May 22. Kenora District Fire Number 27 is out at 0.1 hectares and was located in Grassy Narrows First Nation. The Kenora District continues to monitor the Lake of the Woods prescribed burn. The forest fire hazard is moderate across the south and central sectors of the region. Hazards are high in the far north of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon Districts. 

Every year, residents burning grass or debris ignite wildfires. In the spring, cured grass dries quickly, ignites easily and can spread out of control quickly. Before burning, consider that if your fire escapes, you could be held responsible for all the costs of suppressing the escaped fire. We would like to remind the public that no burning is allowed during the day from April 1 to October 31. Residents in organized municipalities must check with their local municipal office for other burning restrictions or bylaws.

Contact

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: May 22, 2015