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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 28

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 28

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Today's update on the forest fire situation in northwestern Ontario.

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 108
New fires2
Hectares to date 541,888
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel 536
Fire Fighting Aircraft11 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 90 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft7 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced3,051
Communities fully evacuatedCat Lake First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation, Koocheching First Nation
Communities partially evacuated Deer Lake First Nation, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation, Sandy Lake 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)

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 (369),Moosonee (121),Ignace (55),Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (350), Arthur (104)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Projected number of residents being repatriated today327 (total), Cat Lake 223 - from Dryden and Matachewan, Sandy Lake 104 - from Arthur
Residents returned homeSandy Lake 106 - from Arthur and Greenstone, Eabametoong/Fort Hope 281 - from Greenstone, Mishkeegogamang - 153

The province is coordinating social assistance cheques to arrive to residents at their current location or to their home community if they are returning home.

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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