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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations

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Update on Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires and Evacuations

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Residents evacuated from communities threatened by forest fires in northwestern Ontario began arriving yesterday at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto from Thunder Bay en route to host communities across Southern Ontario. Both Toronto and Thunder Bay are serving as transportation hubs with all evacuees being flown to Thunder Bay and then Toronto, and finally onwards to their host communities. Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) staff and equipment are on site to support forest fire evacuees upon arrival in Thunder Bay. Evacuation operations in the past few days have brought 3,591 people to safety. All required evacuations are complete. We are constantly re-assessing the need for future evacuations with First Nation Leadership. Fire fighting efforts continue across northwestern Ontario, with a focus on protecting human health and safety.

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active111
New fires13
Hectares to date493,000
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel621
Equipment 17 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 90+ helicopters and other support aircraft
Number of confirmed evacuees to date3,591
Communities fully evacuated Cat Lake First Nation (363), Keewaywin First Nation (182), Koocheching First Nation (20)
Communities partially evacuatedDeer Lake First Nation (545), Eabametoong First Nation (281), Kingfisher Lake First Nation (287), Mishkeegogamang First Nation (46), North Spirit Lake First Nation (200), Sandy Lake First Nation (1,666), Wawakapewin (9)
Host communities currently housing evacuees (evacuees received) Arthur (204), Dryden (242), Greenstone (1,038), Ignace (55), Kapuskasing (140), Marathon (201), Matachewan First Nation (108), Moosonee (121), Ottawa (272), Sioux Lookout (296), Smiths Falls (529), Thunder Bay (275), Wawa (110)
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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