Fire Updates

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July 30, 2023
Time of Report – 17:13 CDT

Northwest Region   

  • Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of July 30.
    • Nipigon 70 is located near Lake Jean, approximately 26 kilometres south of Beardmore. The 0.1 hectare sized fire is not under control.
    • Nipigon 69 is located near Boil Lake, approximately 31 kilometres north of Schreiber. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
    • Fort Frances 26 is located near Crowrock Lake, approximately 25 kilometres northwest of Atikokan. The 0.1 hectare sized fire is not under control.
    • Fort Frances 25 is located near the Trout River, approximately 16 kilometres west/northwest of Mine Centre. The fire was called out at 0.1 hectares.
  • Three additional fires were confirmed during the evening hours of July 29 following the previous update.
    • Sioux Lookout 81 was located approximately 10 kilometres east of Cat Lake First Nation. The fire was called out at 0.1 hectares in size.
    • Sioux Lookout 82 is located approximately 20 kilometres west of Cat Lake First Nation. The 2.0 hectare fire is being held.
    • Dryden 32 is located near Lower Walmsley Lake, approximately 32 kilometres south of Dryden. The 0.2 hectare sized fire is under control.
  • At the time of this update there are 43 active fires in the Northwest Region. Among those fires, six are not under control, five are being held, six are under control and 26 are being observed.
  • The wildland fire hazard in the Northwest Region is high in the Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances sectors. Red Lake and Thunder Bay sectors features moderate to high hazard conditions. Sioux Lookout and Nipigon sectors feature high hazard conditions in their southern portions changing to moderate and low hazard conditions in their northern reaches.
  • For a closer look at fire hazard conditions in your area and an overview of regional fires, view our Interactive Map.

Northwest Fires of Note

  • Sioux Lookout 33 is located on the western edge of Wabakimi Provincial Park and is 60,394 hectares in size and not under control. Crews continue to establish hose lines while helicopter bucketing operations continue to work priority areas on the fire.
  • Nipigon 19, located northwest of Ogoki Lake is 10,182 hectares in size and is being held. Crews continue to work hot spots identified by infrared scanning.
  • Red Lake 28 is located 40 kilometers North of Lac Seul First Nation is being held at 19,177 hectares in size. Crews continue to establish hose lines helicopter bucketing operations continue to provide support.  

Help fight forest fires: Stay clear of waterbombers!

When waterbombers approach a body of water, move close to the shore so they can perform their scoop safely. A waterbomber will not scoop from a lake or river if encroaching watercraft pose a safety hazard. Be safe, stay clear of waterbombers.

No Drone Zone: Be safe, stay clear of forest fires!

Flying drones around forest fires is both dangerous and illegal. When you fly a drone near a forest fire, you can put the lives of pilots, firefighters and other emergency personnel at risk. Be safe, stay clear of forest fires.

Report a Wildland Fire

To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.

For tips on preventing wildland fires and information on the current fire situation, follow us on Twitter in English and French @ONforestfires and @ONfeudeforet.

Contact Information:   

Alison Bezubiak
Fire Information Officer


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