Forest Fires

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

Year to date Fires Hectares
2015 Fires to date654 Hectares to date39,310
10 year average Fires to date1,077 Hectares to date111,240
2014 Fires to date300 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

Please note, beginning on September 28 the fire situation updates will be posted twice a week, one on Monday and one on Thursday.

Northeast Fire Region

Please note, the next report will be available on Thursday.

Since Thursday morning 3 fires have been reported, 2 of which have been extinguished at 0.1 of a hectare. Sudbury 105, confirmed on October 1,  is under control at 2.0 hectares.

There are currently 2 active fires in the region. The other fire, Sault Ste. Marie 20, is under control and being monitored at 1.5 hectares.

The forest fire hazard varies from low to high across the region. The areas of most concern are situated north of the Highway 11 corridor.

Northwest Fire Region

Please note, the next report will be available on Thursday

There were two new fires confirmed between October 1 and October 4. Kenora Fire Number 52 is out at 0.1hectares and was located near Whitney Lake. Thunder Bay Fire Number 49 is out at 0.1 hectares and was located near Nelson Lake.

There was one new fire confirmed by the early afternoon of October 5. Fort Frances Fire Number 22 is out at 0.1 hectares and was located in Couchiching First Nation. The Sioux Lookout/Dryden District Prescribed Burn is complete and monitoring of the site will continue over the next few days.

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the Northwest Region.

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

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map,

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

Northeast Region:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer

Northwest Region:
Jonathan Scott
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.
  • 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.

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Updated: October 6, 2015