Forest Fires


  • MMNR is the lead agency for Forest Fire Suppression (Crown protection area comprises of 99.3% of the Municipality)
  • MNR forest fire suppression priorities are for the protection of life, protection of private property, and protection of public property (forests).
  • MNR firefighters will not fight structural fires Fire Crews are usually available from May 1 through to the end of September
  • MNR maintains a fire response base at Link Lake, which is manned during periods of high forest fire hazard danger during the summer
  • MNR fire crews response is based on the location of the fire:
    • Helicopter response could come from Sudbury, North Bay or Link Lake (dependant on Provincial & Regional fire conditions)
    • Boat - for fires on Lake Temagami, MNR maintains a fire response boat, complete with a fire attack unit, at Finlayson Park airbase.
    • Vehicle - fire crews may be dispatched to road accessible fires from North Bay or Link lake; depending on crew staffing levels
    • Water bombers may be dispatched in conjunction with fire crews, depending on availability, forest fire hazard conditions, and values adjacent the fire.


  • The Municipality will develop & implement a forest fire prevention program for all areas of the municipality.
  • The Municipality agrees to control open air burning in a coordinated fashion in the Municipality through bylaws or a municipal fire permit system consistent with the Forest Fore Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire Code and the Ministry of Environment and Energy guidelines.


  • The Municipality will, at its expense, be responsible for the management and enforcement of the municipal open air burning bylaw and associated fire permit system
  • The Ministry may undertake prosecutions for contravention of the Forest Fire Prevention Act and its Regulations, irrespective of municipal enforcement of the fire permitting by-law.
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