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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations - July 23

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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations - July 23

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Evacuation operations in the past few days have brought 3,591 people to safety. All required evacuations are now complete. No further evacuations are planned at this time. We are constantly re-assessing the need for future evacuations with First Nations Leadership. All necessary resources are available and on standby should evacuations need to be resumed. Both Toronto and Thunder Bay have been serving as transportation hubs with First Nations residents being flown to Thunder Bay and then Toronto, and finally onwards to their host communities. Yesterday morning, the final three flights arrived in Toronto from Thunder Bay. These residents were transported by bus to their host community of Smiths Falls. Fire fighting efforts continue across northwestern Ontario, with a focus on protecting human health and safety. Power has been restored to the communities of Cat Lake, Slate Falls and Pickle Lake. Two outfitter camps located on Carillon Lake and one on Kapikik Lake in Sioux Lookout District were confirmed lost to fire. The camps were all unoccupied at the time. At this time, there is low risk from fire to any First Nations communities.

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active117
New fires11
Hectares to date533,000
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel645
Equipment 17 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 100+ helicopters and other support aircraft
Number of confirmed evacuees to date3,591
Communities fully evacuatedCat Lake First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation, Koocheching First Nation
Communities partially evacuated Deer Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation/Fort Hope, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Mishkeegogamang First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation
Evacuated CommunityHost Community
Cat Lake First Nation Kapuskasing (140), Dryden (115), Matchewan First Nation (108)
Deer Lake First NationSmiths Falls (520)
Eabametoong First Nation/ Fort Hope Greenstone (281)
Keewaywin First NationGreenstone (182)
Kingfisher Lake First Nation Ottawa (272)
Koocheching First NationDryden (20)
Mishkeegogamang First Nation Sioux Lookout (46), Dryden (107)
North Spirit Lake First NationGreenstone (200)
Sandy Lake First NationSioux Lookout (250), Greenstone (375), Moosonee (121), Ignace (55), Marathon (201), Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (275), Arthur (204)
Wawakapewin First NationSmiths Falls (9)
Airports Acting As Evacuation HubsThunder Bay, Toronto Pearson

Media Contacts

  • Greg Flood

    Communications Branch

    416-325-0432

  • Ministry of Natural Resources

    Media Desk, Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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