Emergency Order Issued — Escalated Forest Fires in Northwestern Ontario

July 14, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

 It is a busy fire season across Northern Ontario with high temperatures, dry conditions, and frequent thunderstorms contributing to multiple large forest fires. 

Due to the extreme fire hazard and increased forest fire activity, the ministry has issued an Emergency Area Order for all of Northwestern Ontario. The order is in effect and will allow the ministry to take special measures to ensure the safety of people and the protection of critical property.

As the Restricted Fire Zone for the Northwest remains in place residents must also do their part and refrain from having outdoor fires – this includes burning of grass, debris, and campfires, even when using an outdoor fire grate, fireplace, or fire pit. These restrictions are in place to reduce the number of preventable human-caused fires and lower the risk of wildfires impacting the public.

“I am monitoring the situation closely and my ministry is doing everything it can to protect communities and property in the area,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “Public safety is our first priority, and we will continue to provide all support necessary to protect the health and well-being of those impacted by wildfires.”

Please visit ontario.ca/page/forest-fires to see maps and additional information.



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