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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 25

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - July 25

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.

Keeping families and communities together continues to be a priority during the evacuations. Ontario is working with host communities to help First Nations leaders locate and reunite family members who may have become separated. The Canadian Red Cross has also set up a central registry to help residents of evacuated communities locate family members. The contact number for the Red Cross registry is: 1-866-356-3645 ext. 236.

While it is hard to predict when residents will be able to return to their communities, we are working with First Nation leadership and our provincial and federal partners to develop plans for that return. These plans will help us return families to their homes safely and smoothly, as soon as conditions allow.

The Emergency Medical Assistance Team is in Geraldton (part of Greenstone) to help support the more than 1,000 evacuated residents hosted in that community. Fire fighting efforts continue across northwestern Ontario, with a focus on protecting human health and safety.

For the next few days, weather forecasts predict conditions that will support our firefighting efforts.

At this time, there is low risk from fire to any First Nations communities.


Daily update

Number of fires active


New fires


Hectares to date


Fire personnel engaged

Over 2,000

Out-of-province personnel



15 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 97 helicopters and other support aircraft

Number of confirmed evacuees to date


Communities fully evacuated

Cat Lake First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation, Koocheching First Nation, Sandy Lake 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, Wawakapewin 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)

Eabametoong First Nation/ Fort Hope

Greenstone (281)

Keewaywin First Nation

Greenstone (182)

Kingfisher Lake First Nation

Ottawa (272)

Koocheching First Nation 

Dryden (20)

Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Sioux Lookout (46), Dryden (107)

North Spirit Lake First Nation      

Greenstone (200)

Sandy Lake First Nation

Sioux Lookout (250), Greenstone (375), Moosonee (121),Ignace (55), Marathon (201), Wawa (110), Thunder Bay (275), Arthur (204)

Wawakapewin First Nation          

Smiths Falls (9)

Media Contacts

  • Greg Flood

    Communications Branch, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services


  • Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch, Ministry of Natural Resouces




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