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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 30

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 30

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 106
New fires4
Hectares to date 544,375
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel615
Fire Fighting Aircraft9 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 70 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft8 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced2,250
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
Communities Fully ReturnedEbametoong First Nation/Fort Hope, Mishkeegogamang First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

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 (269), Greenstone (354),Ignace (55),Wawa (19), Thunder Bay (350)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Projected number of residents being repatriated todayUp to 700 (total projected) North Spirit Lake (200) - from Greenstone, Koocheching (20) - from Dryden, Sandy Lake (480) - from Wawa, Ignace, Sioux Lookout and Greenstone
Residents returned home1,341 (total thus far) Cat Lake 363 - from Dryden. Kapuskasing and Matachewan, Sandy Lake 544 - from Arthur, Greenstone, Wawa and Moosonee, Eabametoong/Fort Hope 281 - from Greenstone, Mishkeegogamang 153 - from Dryden and Sioux Lookout

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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