Forest Fires


Year to date Fires Hectares
2016  Fires to date 210 Hectares to date 80967
10 year average Fires to date 209 Hectares to date 9781
2015 Fires to date 187 Hectares to date 2854


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?

To report a forest fire call 310-FIRE (3473)

View our interactive map to find out where there are active fires, what the current fire danger is across the province and whether there are any restricted fire zones in place due to high fire danger.

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On average, more than 1,000 wildfires burn each year across the province, with about half of them caused by people.

From April through October, people using outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure their fires are properly managed.

Out of Province

Following a resource request made by Ontario to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center (CIFFC) in Winnipeg Manitoba, Ontario will be received five 20-person fire crews from British Columbia and aircraft from Saskatchewan to support fighting fires across the province.

Further, Ontario will be receiving 18 fire fighters and an Agency Representative from Wisconsin as part of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC). GLFFC is made up of three U.S. States and two Canadian Provincial Natural Resources agencies. They have created a formal association in order to promote effective prevention, pre-suppression and control of forest fires in the Great Lakes Region of the United States and adjacent areas of Canada.

British Columbia and Wisconsin crews arrived in Thunder Bay on May 26 for a briefing and will be assigned to areas across the province. Two heavy water bombers and a Bird Dog (directs and leads the air attack onto target) from Saskatchewan arrived May 25.

Ontario has sent two flight coordinators to CIFFC in Winnipeg to assist in coordinating national aircraft for interprovincial / international movements of firefighting staff.

Remaining in Alberta are 85 personnel who deployed there last week including FireRangers, Agency Representatives, Division Supervisors, Strike Team Leaders, Helicopter Officers, a Supply Unit Leader a Service Branch Director and an Incident Management Team.  

Eighty people returned from Alberta over the long weekend, including FireRangers, an Incident Management Team, Agency Representatives, Division Supervisors and Strike Team Leaders. After some rest days they will return to work at their home bases in Ontario.       

Northeast Region 

By mid-afternoon on May 26 one new fire has been discovered. Cochrane 7 is not under control at 0.1 of a hectare. There are currently 9 active fires in the region, of these, four are not under control, two are being held and three are under control.
Sault Ste. Marie 18 is now being held at 9 hectares, while Parry Sound 14 is under control at 1.7 hectares. Sault Ste. Marie 17 is being held at 3 hectares, while North Bay 8 is under control at 0.8 of a hectare. Kempville 1 is under control at 1 hectare.

Fires of Note

Hearst 4 is currently listed at 478 hectares and not under control. On May 25, five crews were committed to this fire and were making good progress in containing the perimeter. The fire did not grow significantly in size on May 25. With some trace amounts of rain in the forecast for May 26 we are hoping to make progress in containing this fire. 
Hearst 5 is not under control and is currently estimated to be 2574 hectares in size. Fire activity on the western side increased around 2:00 pm May 25 and air attack was called in for assistance for the remainder of the afternoon. This fire grew significantly and displayed intense fire behavior. More resources have been added to this fire May 26.
Wawa 7 is currently listed as not under control at 273 hectares. FireRangers have made good progress on the southern fire edge near highway 11. Crews will continue to work this edge in an effort to minimize effects of the fire on commuters.

Northwest Region

The Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect in the Northwest Region and enforcement patrols are being conducted from morning to night, ensuring people are not in violation of the restriction on outdoor fires. Charges and fines have been laid as a result of these patrols.

There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of May 26, and two new fires were confirmed in the Region on May 25. Both of these fires are out.

Nipigon District Fire Number 15 is a lightning-caused fire that started on May 23rd and is not under control at 145 hectares in size. It is located 11 kilometers east of Neskantaga First Nation and crews are being sent to this fire today.

Nipigon District Fire Number 14 west of Geraldton is under control at 12 hectares in size. It is now smouldering in a patchy burn that FireRanger crews are working to put out.

Nipigon District Fire Number 13, located north of Geraldton, adjacent to the airport is listed at 275 hectares in size with a status of not under control. Fire behaviour was minimal today and crews are continuing to establish hose lines around the fire.

Kenora District Fire 018 is in good shape and listed as being held.

Red Lake District Fire Number 3 which is listed as not under control at approximately 86,027 hectares and is straddling the border between Ontario and Manitoba. This fire size total includes both Manitoba and Ontario portions of the fire. There is minimal fire behaviour on this fire and crews are working to consolidate lines along the southern and northern excursions.

An emergency area order is now in place on a section of the fire. For public safety and effective fire suppression, until further notice, all travel and use of the Iriam Loop Road from Black Bear Lodge on the North end to the intersection of the South Pakwash Road on the south end, including all Branch Roads off the Iriam Loop Road is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the Red Lake District of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Thunder Bay District Fire 019 is located about 40 kilometers north of Raith in the Dog River Road area and has been remapped at 1345 hectares in size. The fire is exhibiting minimal fire behaviour today. Crews and heavy equipment are making good progress on the fire line.

An emergency area order is now in place over the fire and travel restrictions  are in place including all travel and use of the Dog River Road northward from the junction of the Dog River Road and Sideen Road; the Dog River Road southward from the junction of the Dog River Road and the Chismore Road, and the Pakashkan Road southward from the junction of the Pakashkan Road and the Chismore Road. Also, all use and occupation of Crown Land on or within 500 meters of the described closed roads noted above within this area is prohibited.

The Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect in the Northwest Region and enforcement patrols are ongoing. Charges and fines have been laid as a result of these patrols.

Aircraft flight restrictions over Red Lake fire

There is a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) advisory in place for Red Lake District Fire Number 003 regarding flight operations over the fires, including the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park area west of Red Lake. 

Aircraft requiring authorization to enter or depart the NOTAM area can contact the following:
Red Lake Fire Management Headquarters: 807-727-2055

Firefighting aircraft are using and monitoring VHF-AM Frequency 122.40 within both restricted flight areas.

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Northeast Region 
Isabelle Chenard
Fire Information Officer

Northwest Region
Jonathan Scott
Fire Information Officer


Updated: May 26, 2016