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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 31

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 31

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 118
New fires13
Hectares to date 544,389
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel615
Fire Fighting Aircraft9 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 78 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft8 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced1,436
Communities partially evacuatedDeer Lake First Nation, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation
Communities Fully ReturnedEbametoong/Fort Hope First Nation, Mishkeegogamang First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, Koocheching First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

Deer Lake First Nation

Smiths Falls (520)

Keewaywin First Nation

Greenstone (152)

Kingfisher Lake First Nation

Ottawa (272)

Sandy Lake First Nation

Sioux Lookout (133), Thunder Bay (350)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Projected number of residents being repatriated today548 planned Keewaywin (152) - from Greenstone, Kingfisher (176) - from Ottawa, Kasabonika (4) - from Ottawa, Sandy Lake (216) - from Thunder Bay
Residents returned home2,155 (total thus far) Sandy Lake 1,108 - from Arthur, Greenstone, Wawa, Moosonee, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Keewaywin 30 - from Greenstone, North Spirit Lake 200 - from Greenstone, Koocheching 20 - from Dryden, Cat Lake 363 - from Dryden, Matachewan and Kapuskasing, 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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