There was one new fire confirmed by the afternoon of July 18. Cochrane 18 is not under control at 2.9 hectares. Cochrane 8 is receiving a modified response with limited suppression. Wawa 7 is under control at 0.8 of a hectare
There is a total of 13 active fires in the region. In the far north, there are 10 fires that are being monitored to allow for ecological benefit.
The forest fire hazard mostly moderate to extreme with the highest hazard located near the James Bay area.
There are currently 254 Ontario fire management personnel including Fire Rangers and overhead staff along with suppression and values protection equipment deployed to help with the wildfire situation in British Columbia.
Ontario is planning to send close to 100 additional personnel to British Columbia later this week.
Ontario has increased the maximum fines for individuals and corporations for starting forest fires.
If found responsible, individuals can now be fined up to $25,000 for starting a forest fire, with fines for corporations that start a forest fire going up to $500,000. These increased maximum fines will help deter human-started fires.