Ontario Newsroom

Current Fire Situation in Ontario


Current Fire Situation in Ontario

High temperatures, dry conditions and frequent thunderstorms are contributing to a busy fire season across Northern and Central Ontario. Our number one priority is the safety of the public and the protection of communities and private property. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is monitoring the fire situation closely.

Premier Ford and Minister Yurek have visited staff on the frontline and this government will make sure we are dedicating as many resources as needed to fight the fires across the province.

Currently, there are approximately 139 active fires in the province. Almost 1,000 firefighters from Ontario are fighting fires, attacking from the air and on the ground. We are also being supported by crews and aircraft from across Canada, US states and internationally. Over 500 resources from outside Ontario are here to assist.

Today the fire rating in the Northeast remains high to extreme. Moderate fire behaviour is expected under cloudy conditions for the entire region with some rain and showers in the forecast. 

In the Northwest, the hazard remains high for sections of Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances while predominantly low for the rest of the region. The Restricted Fire Zone for the Northeast remains in effect and there are Emergency Area Orders in place in the Northeast and Northwest Regions. 

In Central Ontario in the area of the Parry Sound fire, the Municipality of Killarney has issued an evacuation order and residents of the Municipality of French River are on evacuation alert.  Highway 69 remains open at this time, but several secondary roads west of the highway from north of the French River to Grundy Provincial Park are closed. 

Please visit ontario.ca/page/forest-fires to see maps and additional information.

Below is some information on key fires:

  • PAR 33 - Located near Henvey Inlet First Nation and Key Harbour, approximately 10,000 hectares. Heavy helicopter operations ongoing today.
  • PEM Cluster - Main fire is PEM 006 at almost 700 hectares. 
  • NOR 072 - Located approximately 30 km west of Temiskaming Shores, approximately 27, 500 hectares.
  • KEN 071 - Located approximately 23 km north of Wabaseemoong First Nation, approximately 10,000 hectares.

Media Contacts