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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - Aug. 2

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - Aug. 2

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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



Daily update

Number of fires active


New fires


Hectares to date


Fire personnel engaged

Over 2000

Out-of-province personnel


Fire Fighting Aircraft

13 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 90 helicopters

Repatriation Aircraft

8 planes

Number of evacuees currently displaced


Communities partially evacuated

Deer Lake First Nation

Sandy Lake First Nation

Communities fully returned

Ebametoong/Fort Hope First Nation

Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Cat Lake First Nation

Koocheching First Nation

North Spirit Lake First Nation

Kasabonika Lake First Nation

Keewaywin First Nation

Kingfisher Lake First Nation

Wawakapewin First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

Deer Lake First Nation

Smiths Falls (394)

Sandy Lake First Nation

Sioux Lookout (100)

Thunder Bay (190)

Projected number of residents being repatriated today

528 planned

Deer Lake (238) - from Smiths Falls

Sandy Lake (290) - from Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout

Residents Returned Home

3,275 (total thus far)

Kingfisher 272 - from Ottawa*

Sandy Lake 1,458 - from Arthur, Greenstone, Wawa, Moosonee, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay**

Deer Lake 176 - from Smiths Falls

Wawakapewin 9 - from Smiths Falls

Keewaywin 343 - from Greenstone, Winnipeg**

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

* Note: This number includes four Kasabonika residents who were in Kingfisher at the time of the evacuation. They have been returned to their own community.

** Note: These numbers include those who self-identified and were not registered in host communities. They have been returned to their communities


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