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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 27

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 27

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario has begun helping almost 400 residents return to their homes in Eabametoong/Fort Hope and Sandy Lake, using five planes with 13 flights.

About 100 Sandy Lake residents returning will be preparing the community to welcome the remainder of their residents over the next few days.

Two additional aircraft are expected to be available tomorrow to support the repatriation of evacuated residents. As of this morning, 3,438 residents remained in host communities.

In addition, the Chief of Sandy Lake moved more than 200 Sandy Lake residents from Marathon, with 75 residents going to Thunder Bay and 126 residents going to the Sioux Lookout region.

The planning for the return of the rest of the evacuated residents to their communities continues in collaboration with the First Nations leadership and our federal partners to ensure families can return to their homes safely, as soon as conditions allow.

Fire restrictions were lifted in zones 1, 2 and 3 yesterday and although the fires currently pose a low risk to most communities, we are constantly assessing the situation with First Nations Leadership. All necessary resources are available and on standby should conditions change and further evacuations be required.

A comprehensive fire mapping has been conducted and the number of hectares burned down has been adjusted to 541,883. This is the third largest fire season for hectares burned since record keeping began in 1917. The highest number of hectares burned was 1923, with 857,995. The second highest was 1995, with 612,436 hectares burned.

Fire fighting efforts continue across northwestern Ontario, with a focus on protecting human health and safety.

For the next few days, weather forecasts predict conditions that will support our firefighting efforts.

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 114
New fires6
Hectares to date 541,883
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel 640
Fire Fighting Aircraft15 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 97 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft5 planes for repatriation
Number of evacuees currently displaced3,438
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, North Spirit Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

Cat Lake First Nation

Kapuskasing (140), Dryden (115), Matchewan First Nation (108)

Deer Lake First Nation

Smiths Falls (520)

Eabametoong First Nation/

Fort Hope

Greenstone (281)

Keewaywin First Nation

Greenstone (182)

Kingfisher Lake First Nation

Ottawa (272)

Koocheching First Nation 

Dryden (20)

North Spirit Lake First Nation

Greenstone (200)

Sandy Lake First Nation

Sioux Lookout (376), Greenstone (375),Moosonee (121),Ignace (55),Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (350), Arthur (204)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Projected number of residents being repatriated today381 (total), Eabametoong/Fort Hope (281), Sandy Lake (100)
Residents returned homeMishkeegogamang

Media Contacts

  • Greg Flood

    Communications Branch, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services


  • Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch, Ministry of Natural Resources




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