Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2014 Fires to date284 Hectares to date4,833
10 year average Fires to date875 Hectares to date99,924
2013 Fires to date495 Hectares to date51,003


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

There are 458 personnel on out of province dispatch from the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, with 285 in British Columbia and 168 in the Northwest Territories.

Additional resource moves including overhead personnel, an Incident Management Team and FireRanger crews are planned for BC and the NWT between August 19 and 21, while rotation continues of personnel returning to Ontario as their scheduled deployment ends.

Equipment has also been deployed to British Columbia including power pumps, fire hose, values protection units and portable relay tanks.

This map shows the general location of Ontario resources on out-of-province assignments.

Northeast Region

On August 18 no new fires were reported. Currently two active fires are being observed in the far north. 
To date this season, 166 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4165 ha.
Recent precipitation has had a considerable effect on the fire hazard. The fire danger rating ranges from moderate to high in the far north, while the central and southern portions of the region are seeing a low hazard. For today, expect a mix of sun and clouds for most of the region, with clouds moving in form the west later on in the day. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-twenties.
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

There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 19, and no new fires the previous day of August 18.

The fires are a mix of human and lightning-caused, and many are burning in remote locations not threatening any people or property and are being monitored.

The fire hazard is low across most of the southern sectors of the region as a result of rain and cooler temperatures and more rain is in the forecast. The northern sectors of the region remain in a moderate to high fire hazard and lightning-caused fires remain a possibility as lightning has tracked across the region in the past week.


Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer

Northwest Region:
Deb MacLean
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 19, 2014