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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 29

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 29

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 106
New fires5
Hectares to date 541,932
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel737
Fire Fighting Aircraft9 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 80 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft8 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced2,709
Communities fully evacuatedKeewaywin 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, Cat Lake First Nation
Communities Fully ReturnedEbametoong First Nation/Fort Hope, Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

Cat Lake First Nation

Kapuskasing (140)

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 (354),Moosonee (121),Ignace (55),Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (350)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Projected number of residents being repatriated today571 (total projected), Cat Lake 140 - from Kapuskasing, Sandy Lake 431 - from Wawa, Moosonee, Sioux Lookout and Greenstone
Residents returned home882 (total thus far) Cat Lake 223 - from Dryden and Matachewan, Sandy Lake 225 - from Arthur and Greenstone, Eabametoong/Fort Hope 281 - from Greenstone, Mishkeegogamang 153 - from Dryden and Sioux Lookout

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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