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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations - July 24

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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations - July 24

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Evacuation operations in the past few days have brought 3,591 people to safety. All required evacuations are now complete. No further evacuations are planned at this time. We are constantly re-assessing the need for future evacuations with First Nations Leadership. All necessary resources are available and on standby should evacuations need to be resumed. Keeping families and communities together has been a priority during the evacuations. Registration lists are being shared among all host communities to make it easier to locate and reunite family members who may have become separated. The Canadian Red Cross has also set up a central registry to help residents of evacuated communities locate family members. The contact number for the Red Cross registry is: 1-866-356-3645 ext. 236. The Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) staff and equipment, which had been set up in Thunder Bay to help during the evacuations, is being moved to Geraldton (part of Greenstone) to help support the more than 1,000 evacuated residents hosted in that community. Fire fighting efforts continue across northwestern Ontario, with a focus on protecting human health and safety. For the next few days, the weather forecast continues in favour of firefighting efforts. At this time, there is low risk from fire to any First Nations communities.

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active118
New fires10
Hectares to date537,260
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel644
Equipment 17 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 100+ helicopters and other support aircraft
Number of confirmed evacuees to date3,591
Communities fully evacuatedCat Lake First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation, Koocheching First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation
Communities partially evacuated Deer Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation/Fort Hope, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Mishkeegogamang First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation
Evacuated CommunityHost Community
Cat Lake First Nation Kapuskasing (140), Dryden (115), Matchewan First Nation (108)
Deer Lake First NationSmiths Falls (520)
Eabametoong First Nation/ Fort Hope Greenstone (281)
Keewaywin First NationGreenstone (182)
Kingfisher Lake First Nation Ottawa (272)
Koocheching First NationDryden (20)
Mishkeegogamang First Nation Sioux Lookout (46), Dryden (107)
North Spirit Lake First NationGreenstone (200)
Sandy Lake First NationSioux Lookout (250), Greenstone (375), Moosonee (121), Ignace (55), Marathon (201), Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (275), Arthur (204)
Wawakapewin First NationSmiths Falls (9)
Airports Acting As Evacuation HubsThunder Bay, Toronto Pearson

Media Contacts

  • Greg Flood

    Communications Branch

    416-325-0432

  • Ministry of Natural Resources

    Media Desk, Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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