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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - August 1

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Update On Northwestern Ontario Forest Fires And Evacuations - August 1

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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

ItemDaily update
Number of fires active 131
New fires25
Hectares to date 575,000
Fire personnel engagedOver 2,000
Out-of-province personnel586
Fire Fighting Aircraft11 heavy bombers, 4 light bombers (twin otters), 85 helicopters and other support aircraft
Repatriation Aircraft8 planes
Number of evacuees currently displaced1,009
Communities partially evacuatedDeer 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, Kasabonika Lake First Nation

Evacuated Community

Host Community

Deer Lake First Nation

Smiths Falls (520)

Kingfisher Lake First Nation

Ottawa (102)

Sandy Lake First Nation

Sioux Lookout (133), Thunder Bay (245)

Wawakapewin First Nation

Smiths Falls (9)

Keewaywin73 people returning to Keewaywin today were in Winnipeg during the evacuations
Projected number of residents being repatriated today418 planned Kingfisher (102) - from Ottawa, Wawakapewin (9) - from Smiths Falls, Deer Lake (179) - from Smiths Falls, Sandy Lake (55) - from Winnipeg, Keewaywin (73) - from Winnipeg
Residents returned home2,582 (total thus far) Kingfisher 170 - from Ottawa*, Sandy Lake 1,213 - from Arthur, Greenstone, Wawa, Moosonee, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Keewaywin 182 - 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 * 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.

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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