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Fire Update 2020

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September 23, 2020

Northwest Region 

  • There was one new forest fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of September 23.
    • Sioux Lookout 55 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located on an island on Minnitaki Lake, approximately 10 kilometres southeast of Sioux Lookout
  • At the time of this update there were no active fires in the region. Two fires have been declared out.
  • The forest fire hazard is mainly low to moderate with an area of high hazard along the Minnesota border.
  • To see the fire hazard near you, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire 

Out of country Deployment

Along with several other Canadian provinces, Ontario has sent 19 highly specialized fire management personnel to provide support with large fires in the state of Oregon. 

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site.

Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits

Chris Marchand

MNR Fire Information Officer, Northwest Region
807-220-1697

More Information

First Nations Host Site Guidance Document During COVID-19

Forest Fire Info Map

COVID-19 Guidance: Community Emergency Evacuations

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry Managing Wildland Fire in the Context of COVID-19

For up to the minute information of road closures, see 511.on.ca.

For updates on the fire situation, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires

NAN Questions on Evacuations in a COVID-19 Context

NAN- Community Evacuation Guidelines

MNRF Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Resources

First Nation Travel Checklist during COVID-19

Community Information for Evacuations