NE & Temagami Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE July 20, 20:42

 

Jul 20, 2018 @ 20:42

HWY CLOSED – #OPP in #Mattawa advise #Hwy17 is closed at Bissett Creek due to smoke and fire hazard. Unknown when it will reopen. No detours available.

 

 

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:55 PM

(KEY RIVER, ON) -On July 20, 2018 as of approximately 11:00 a.m. members of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living in the Key Harbour to evacuate their homes due to a 500 hectare active forest fire near Henvey Inlet, Ontario. The MNRF has recommended the implementation of this mandatory evacuation by the community of Key Harbour on the south side of the Key River, and by the municipality of Killarney for residents north of the Key River – located SOUTH of the French River Provincial Park. There are approximately 50 homes in this area.

There are currently no road closures which will allow residents time to travel, however; it is anticipated that fire conditions may worsen and as such Highway 69 may be closed at a later time.

*If planning travel, avoid Highway 69 in the Key River and Henvey Inlet area.

For any information regarding active forest fires in the region please contact the Aviation and Forest fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) at (705) 564-6165

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE ON PARRY SOUND 33
Northeast Fire Region
July 20, 2018
Time of Report 13:15

It will be an active day on the fireline today in the Northeast Region. Hot and dry conditions, combined with moderate winds are expected throughout the day.

Parry Sound 33 is currently 384 hectares in size and not under control.

This fire was discovered July 18 and has since received a significant amount of aerial fire suppression over the last 2 days, with CL415 waterbombers overhead from early afternoon, well into the evening.

Fire crews have been actively working to suppress this fire and values protection (sprinklers on structures) has been initiated as a precautionary measure and will continue.

Due to the current hot, dry and windy conditions in the Key Harbour area which is in proximity to Parry Sound 33, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Parry Sound District has recommended that the community of Key River impose a mandatory evacuation of the Key Harbour area on the south side of the Key River; and has recommended that the municipality of Killarney impose a mandatory evacuation for residents on the north side of the Key River (SOUTH of French River Provincial Park), as a precaution.

This area is boat access only, and residents will be exiting the area using the nearby waterway.

Residents are being instructed to get in their boats and move upriver to Key Harbour Landing, then leave the area by vehicle.

The OPP and Conservation Officers are currently onsite helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

The situation is developing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

For information about the fire situation, call 705-564-6165.

For media inquiries, call 705-564-6146.

For French media inquiries, call 705-564-6156.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Parry Sound 33 continues to create a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews are on site. It is expected that this 384 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the days to come.
  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 19, 2018
Time of Report 23:45

It was an active day on the fireline today in the Northeast Region.

By the evening of July 19, there were 66 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 32 are not yet under control, 34 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 19 new starts in the region today.

A total of 19 fires were also declared out.

Several fires required aerial fire suppression in the Northeast:

Parry Sound 33 required support from CL415 waterbombers for most of the day. This fire, located in Henvey Inlet now covers 100 hectares and is not yet under control. Four crews are committed to this fire which has been creating a lot of smoke in the area. The fire information phone line received several calls noting smoke drift from as far as North Bay. It is expected that smoke will continue to be visible in the area tomorrow including from highway 69.

Sudbury 83 is located approximately 15 km north of Rayside-Balfour. It covers 3 hectares and is not yet under control. Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is working collaboratively with the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Department to suppress this fire. Two CL415 waterbombers worked for several hours to reduce the intensity of the fire.

Sudbury 85 received aerial fire suppression as well today. It is located 45 km northeast of Elliot Lake and is 3 hectares in size. It is not under control at the time of this update.

The belly tanker helicopter that had been dropping water on Pembroke 5 yesterday was joined by three Twin Otters and a lead birddog aircraft this afternoon. The four lightning-caused Pembroke forest fires which were confirmed yesterday (Pembroke 5, 6, 7 and 8) are still not yet under control.

Pembroke 7 on the left, Pembroke 5 on the right, photo from today, July 19 at 12:48.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

This cluster includes two fires, North Bay 62 and North Bay 42.

On North Bay 42, helicopters with buckets supported ground crew efforts as the fire was active this afternoon under windy conditions. Some smoke was visible this afternoon as winds picked up.

On North Bay 62 Crews continued to work with pumps and hoses on the south, west and east sides of the fire today, extinguishing hotspots and strengthening perimeter extinguishment.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

There were two new fires within the Temagami cluster today, North Bay 109 and North Bay 112. Firefighters responded to North Bay 109 and were able to call it out at 0.1 hectares. North Bay 112 is not under control at 0.1 hectares. Due to the hard work of firefighters North Bay 14, 22, 54, 75, and 80 are also out.

North Bay 69, which previously caused the evacuation of twenty homes in the Temagami area, is now under control. Firefighters, are now focusing on working their way deep into the interior of the fire to check for hot spots.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto North Bay 72 today, coordinating with crews on the ground. Fire behaviour was aggressive today with high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds. Crews continue to establish hose line along the east and north perimeter of the fire. Smoke in the morning was significant in some areas due to an inversion, and later in the day with increased fire activity. There was minimal growth on the fire today and most was contained to natural boundaries.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided one 20 person sustained attack crew, two safety officers, one agency representative, one radio operator, five additional support staff and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, two additional 8 person crews, one 19 person Incident Management Team, two agency representatives, six division supervisors and 2 information officers and 9 additional support staff. There are also 3 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person initial attack crews, two 19 person sustained attack crews and 2 agency representatives.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one safety officer and one agency representative.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied two 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied nine 4 person initial attack crews, two 3 person crews, an agency representative and 5 additional support staff.
  • Minnesota has supplied one air support group supervisor, a helibase manager trainee and a 20 person sustained attack crew.
  • Wisconsin has supplied one 8 person attack crew.

Geoffrey Hodder – crew leader, Coady Scott, Kent O’Reilley and Patrick Lovell arrived in Ontario today from Newfoundland to fight forest fires alongside the FireRangers.

Firefighting equipment

  • British Columbia has provided Ontario with 1,080 lengths of 1.5” hose, thirty power pumps with tool kits, thirty intake hose, 230 fuel containers, 200 backpack pumps and 200 axes.
  • Alberta has provided 960 lengths of 1.5” hose, fifty power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, fuel containers, as well as 100 additional fuel containers. They’ve also provided 201 shovels, fifty pulaskis and 30 chest coolers.
  • The Northwest Territories has sent 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to the province of Ontario.
  • Nova Scotia is sending 25 power pump kits, tool kits, intake hose and fuel container.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Parry Sound 33 continues to create a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park this evening. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews were on site well into the evening. It is expected that this 100 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the area tomorrow.
  • Smoke from active fires in the Northwest Region was drifting to many communities along the highway 11 corridor today.
  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

North Bay 72, captured by Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ Damon Hibbard on July 18.

Temagami area information

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the evacuation alert has been lifted in Temagami, and that Fire Tower Road as well as the Fire Tower are now open.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 18, 2018
Time of Report 23:00

By the evening of July 18, there are 66 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 28 are not yet under control, 38 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Today, there were 17 new starts in the region, none of which have been declared out at the time of this update.

Several recent starts in the Cochrane sector:

Where it had been previously quiet, the Cochrane sector now has twelve active forest fires. Five are being observed to allow the natural benefits of fire on the landscape, there are no values threatened in the area of these fires.

Of note, Cochrane 14 is not yet under control at 400 hectares, it is located west of Tomorrow and Yesterday Lakes. Values protection (sprinklers on structures) is underway and will continue tomorrow as a precautionary measure.

Cochrane 8 covers 85 hectares and is not yet under control at the time of this update. Four crews and aerial fire suppression resources were on scene today, in the form of two CL415 waterbombers, a birddog aircraft and helicopter support.

Good progress is being made on Cochrane 9 and Cochrane 12 is under control at 3 hectares. Hearst 12 is not yet under control at 487 hectares. It is located northeast of the Mattagami River.

Two new starts this evening include Hearst 13 which is located 37 km north of highway 11, southeast of Jog Lake. It measures 200 hectares and is not yet under control. Cochrane 16 which is located south of Natogami Lake, covers 0.1 of a hectare and is not yet under control.

Four new starts in the Pembroke region:

Of the four new lightning starts in the Pembroke sectors, Pembroke 5 required aerial fire suppression in the form of a bucketing helicopter. It covers 1.5 hectares and is located east of Grant’s Creek Provincial Park.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

  • The River Valley Fire Cluster includes two fires.
  • North Bay 62 covers 2,500 hectares and is not under control, while North Bay 42 covers 350 hectares and is not yet under control.
  • FireRanger crews are making steady progress on both fires.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

  • Due to the recent rainfall and the higher humidity, reduced fire activity continues to aid firefighting efforts on all fires within the cluster. Firefighters were able to call North Bay 53, North Bay 65 and North Bay 93, OUT.
  • North Bay 69, which previously caused the evacuation of twenty homes in the Temagami area, is now under control (UCO). Firefighters, are now focusing on working their way deep into the interior of the fire to check for hot spots.
  • Crews continue to patrol and mop up North Bay 14, North Bay 22, North Bay 54, North Bay 64, North Bay 66, North Bay 75, and North Bay 80. All these fires are ‘under control’.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

  • A successful controlled burn was carried out to reduce forest fuels. This strategy will bring the fires edge up to natural boundaries, further reducing the risk of fire spread and eliminating the need for ground crews in that area.
  • Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto North Bay 72 today, coordinating with crews on the ground. Fire behaviour was more aggressive today with higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Crews continue to establish hose line along the east and north perimeter of the fire which is approximately 11 453 hectares.
  • The fire perimeter of North Bay 72 is approximately 80 kilometres.

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ Damon Hibbard captured North Bay 72 showing relatively quiet fire activity yesterday, July 17.

 

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided one 20 person sustained attack crew, two safety officers, one agency representative, one radio operator and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, 2 agency representatives, 6 division supervisors and 2 information officers. There are also 3 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person initial attack crews, two 19 person sustained attack crews and 2 agency representatives.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one safety officer and one agency representative.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one 3 person crew, and an agency representative.
  • Minnesota has supplied one air support group supervisor, a helibase manager trainee and a 20 person sustained attack crew.
  • British Columbia has provided Ontario with 1,080 lengths of 1.5” hose, 30 power pumps with tool kits, 30 intake hose, 230 fuel containers, 200 backpack pumps and 200 axes.
  • Alberta has provided 960 lengths of 1.5” hose, fifty power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, fuel containers, as well as 100 additional fuel containers. They’ve also provided 201 shovels, fifty pulaskis and 30 chest coolers.

Additional resources expected in the coming days

  • Wisconsin will be providing one 8 person fire crew.
  • Newfoundland will be providing one more 4 person fire crew.
  • Saskatchewan will be providing 5 additional support staff.
  • The Northwest Territories is sending 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to the province of Ontario.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Parry Sound 33 created a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park this evening. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews were on site tonight. It is expected that this 30 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the area tomorrow.
  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Sunset at the North Bay Fire Management Headquarters – captured by Tanya Kienapple.

Temagami area information

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the evacuation alert has been lifted in Temagami, and that Fire Tower Road as well as the Fire Tower are now open.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 18, 2018 @ 07:06

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 17, 2018
Time of Report 23:11

By the evening of July 17, there are 53 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 21 are not yet under control, 32 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Today, there were 10 new starts in the region, 3 of which have already been declared out.

Waterbombers were on the scene of two Chapleau fires this afternoon. Chapleau 17 is located 19 km north of Foleyet, and Chapleau 16 is located 23 km northwest of Foleyet. Both of these fires are 1 hectare in size and are not yet under control.

The Twin Otters and bird dog team actioned Pembroke 4, located 2 km west of Calabogie Lake earlier today. This fire covers 2 hectares and is not under control at the time of this update.

Later in the day, Sudbury 78 required assistance from waterbombers. They supported the ground crew on this fire located 50 km northeast of Elliot Lake.

Last night, water bombers and fire crews assisted the Greater Sudbury Fire Department with Sudbury 76, east of Regional Road 80 between Sudbury and the Valley. Today, this lightning fire is now under control at 12 hectares.

There was no lightning in the region overnight last night, and no precipitation.

The forecast for tomorrow predicts generally sunny skies across the Northeast with no precipitation for the next 24 hours. Winds will be westerly and temperatures are expected to be around the mid-twenties.

Since June 29, there have been 239,000 lightning strikes in the province of Ontario. More holdover lightning fires are expected to be confirmed over the course of the coming week.

Aerial photo of Sudbury 76 located east of Regional Road 80, captured by AFFES’ Simon Ethier – July 16.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

The River Valley Fire Cluster now only includes two fires. North Bay 62 covers 2,500 hectares and is not under control. North Bay 42 covers 350 hectares and is not yet under control. North Bay 45 was called out.

Fire behaviour was quiet today.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Cooler temperatures and recent precipitation kept fire activity to a minimum today in the Temagami Fire Cluster. The status of North Bay 55 which is located south of Temagami on the east side of Hwy 11 has been updated to ‘being held’.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto North Bay 72 today, collaborating with crews on the ground. Planned ignition to reduce forest fuels ahead of the fire were cancelled due to weather conditions. This will take place as soon as weather conditions permit.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided one 20 person sustained attack crew, two safety officers, one agency representative, one radio operator and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, 2 agency representatives, 6 division supervisors and 2 information officers. There are also 2 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person initial attack crews, two 19 person sustained attack crews and 2 agency representatives.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one safety officer and one agency representative.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one 3 person crew, and an agency representative.
  • Minnesota has supplied one air support group supervisor, a helibase manager trainee and a 20 person sustained attack crew.
  • British Columbia has provided Ontario with 1,080 lengths of 1.5” hose, 30 power pumps with tool kits, 30 intake hose, 230 fuel containers, 200 backpack pumps and 200 axes.
  • Alberta has provided 960 lengths of 1.5” hose, 50 power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, fuel containers, as well as 100 additional fuel containers, 201 shovels, 50 pulaskis and 30 chest coolers.

Additional resources expected in the coming days

  • The Northwest Territories is sending 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to the province of Ontario.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

Last week, the MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

July 17, 2018 @ 9:10 a.m.

Temagami Canoe Festival organizers, in council with representatives of the Municipality of Temagami and Ontario Parks, determined late this afternoon (July 16, 2018) to postpone the outdoor portion of the Temagami Canoe Festival until further notice.

The festival is postponed due to the Evacuation Alert in the Municipality of Temagami and continuing fire conditions in the region. Temagami’s largest campground Finlayson Point Provincial Park is not forecasted to open by the weekend.

The Deepwater Music Showcase can, however, proceed as planned inside the Temagami Welcome Centre Bunny Miller Theatre. The performers look forward to entertaining and providing some comforting support at this tough time.

We recognize the important work that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is doing to protect Temagami, the local area and the wilderness parks. Thank you.

We apologize that the outdoor events at the Temagami Canoe Festival are postponed; presenters and vendors have been working very hard preparing for this event and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. To our sponsors, we greatly appreciate your continued support. Future updates will be provided as soon as possible.

 

 

July 16, 2018 @ 21:13

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 16, 2018
Time of Report 15:33

Due to the recent weather which has quieted down fire activity over the past few days, we will be returning to a single media update daily, in the evening hours. We will do our best to continue to provide information to media outlets on an individual basis throughout the fire situation.

By the early afternoon of July 16, there are 53 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 22 are not yet under control, 31 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Just recently, lightning, which has been causing several new starts in our region, has also started to impact the Northwest region significantly. As a result, resources that have just recently been imported from out-of-province to assist with the fire situation in the Northeast will be used in priority areas throughout the province.

To date this season we have seen 670 forest fires in the province of Ontario, having consumed just under 115,886 hectares in total. Looking back at the 2017, we had seen only 166 fires on this date, having consumed over 62,975 hectares. Of note, we are now well beyond the 10-year average statistically for number of fires on this date, and number of hectares burned: which shows 422 forest fires having burned just over 98,987 hectares.

A cold front is making its way across the Northeast region this afternoon and it is expected to bring scattered and isolated thunderstorms. Associated precipitation is expected to also be scattered, isolated and minimal in nature. There is a possibility for thunderstorms to be severe in some areas. After the passage of the cold front, dry air will once again make its way across the Northeast, which will cause the fire hazard to rise once again.

(Fire Operations Supervisor, Greg Rilley captured this lightning strike behind one of Ontario’s nine CL415 waterbombers in the Northeast Region last week, more similar weather is expected today in the region)

Fire activity has been relatively quiet over the past couple of days, but it is expected to become more active for the first part of this week. The northern sectors of the Northeast region are starting to see an increase in lightning-caused fires where it had previously been quieter (Timmins, Cochrane and Wawa).

Three new fires have been confirmed in the Northeast region this morning:

  • North Bay 97 is located approximately 9 km northwest of River Valley just east of the junction from highways 539A and 805, it covers 0.1 of a hectare and is not under control at this time.
  • North Bay 98 is located just west of highway 805, northeast of the Sturgeon River Provincial Park. Aerial fire suppression operations were underway early this afternoon, in the form of CL415 waterbombers and lead birddog aircraft. The fire covers 0.1 of a hectare.
  • Kirkland Lake 10 is a 2 hectare fire just northwest of Gem Lake Maple Bedrock Provincial Park, on the northwest side of Gem Lake. It is not yet under control at this time.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and managing priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

Three fires are part of the River Valley Fire Cluster, North Bay 45 is a 0.2 of hectare fire, while North Bay 42 and 62 cover 350 hectares and 2500 hectares respectively. There are 2 divisions on North Bay 62, six crews are working on the north half of the fire, while 7 crews are on the south. There is a single division on North Bay 42, 7 crews are working the perimeter of this fire.

This cluster is expecting more fire crews from British Columbia this afternoon, they will join the firefighting efforts today.

Five helicopters are working in the area, three mediums, one intermediate and one light.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Steep rocky terrain has challenged firefighters on North Bay 55, however they continue to consolidate hose along the fire perimeter.

Values protection (sprinklers on structures) that has been installed in some areas around fires North Bay 68, North Bay 69, North Bay 55 and North Bay 56 as a precautionary measure remains in place.

Good progress is being made on many fires in this cluster and it is expected that more fires will be called out in the coming days.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

There are 16 crews from across the country working to contain North Bay 72. Crews from Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and Newfoundland are all supporting firefighting efforts.

Yesterday, fire personnel successfully performed burn-out operations (fighting fire with fire) on the west flank of North Bay 72. This operation removed available forest fuel and effectively contained that section of the fire. Heavy helicopters bucketed water on the north end of the fire, assisting crews on the ground.

Additional fire crews from British Columbia will be added to the ground firefighting personnel later today.

(Two more 20 person sustained attack crews from British Columbia are now joining firefighting personnel on the ground in the Lady Evelyn and River Valley clusters today)

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided one 20 person sustained attack crew, two safety officers, one agency representative, one radio operator and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, 2 agency representatives, 6 division supervisors and 2 information officers. There are also 2 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person initial attack crews, two 19 person sustained attack crews and 2 agency representatives.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one safety officer and one agency representative.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one 3 person crew, and an agency representative.
  • Minnesota has supplied one air support group supervisor and a helibase manager trainee.

Additional resources expected in the coming days

  • We are expecting one 20 person sustained attack crew from Minnesota to land in Ontario by end of day today.
  • The Northwest Territories is sending 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to the province of Ontario, while British Columbia will be sending 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose, 30 power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, 200 fuel containers, 200 backpack pumps and 200 axes.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

Last week, the MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

 

Jul 16, 2018 @ 09:36

Animation of forest fires around Temagami since July 1, 2018. Basemap from Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. Click on image, it will open into a new page and animation will begin.

 

Jul 16, 2018 @ 08:52

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 15, 2018
Time of Report 20:39

We are receiving a very high volume of media calls seeking information about the fire situation in the Northeast. At this time, we will be providing media with two updates daily about the fire situation. One in the later morning or early afternoon and one in the evening. Below is an update for this evening.

By the evening of July 15, there are 55 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 24 are not yet under control, 30 are either being held, under control or being observed. Five fires have been extinguished over the last 24 hours.

A low pressure system is making its way across the province and should be positioned over the Northeast region tonight. Associated precipitation is expected to be scattered and with localized thunderstorms.

It was an active fire day for Timmins 12. Air attack was dispatched again today to help reduce fire activity. This fire, located east of Night Hawk Lake, is now listed at 100 hectares and is not yet under control.

Several new and existing fires required support from air attack today due to the extreme heat conditions across the Northeast. A quick strike package from Quebec was utilized to help contain the Cochrane 9 fire which is listed as not under control at 15 hectares.

Water Bomber dropping a load of water over North Bay 48, July 8.

 

There were 13 new fires discovered today most of which were lightning caused. Some fires of note include:

  • Cochrane 8, located northeast of Cochrane near Trapline Lake is not under control at 25 hectares.
  • Hearst 12 is located north of Highway 11 and listed at 25 hectares. This fire is still not under control.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

There are 16 crews from across the country working to contain North Bay 72. Crews from Ontario, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and Newfoundland are all supporting firefighting efforts. Today, fire ignition specialist completed a successful burning operation in the area of Rookery Lake. This operation removed available forest fuel and effectively contained that section of the fire. Other than ignition operations, North Bay 72 saw no significant growth today. More crews are expected to join this fire cluster in the coming days.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Today, minimal fire activity was recorded in the Temagami cluster and most fires are either being held or under control, two fires were extinguished in the cluster. North Bay 56 was supported by bucketing activity today for a short period of time while fire crews continued suppression activities. North Bay 69 had minimal smoke today and fire activity was reduced due to recent weather conditions.

River Valley Fire Cluster:

There were 13 crews working the south and west perimeters of North Bay 62 today, which is listed at 2 500 hectares and not under control. North Bay 42 is utilizing 7 crews to work both flanks as well as the rear of the fire. Fire activity was supported by helicopter bucketing in priority areas of the fires.  Support staff are continuing to establish base camp operations.

A Heavy Helicopter bucketing and supporting firefighting operations.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided 3 support staff and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team and 9 support staff. There are also 2 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews and 2 support staff.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews and 2 support staff.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew and one support staff.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person crews, one 3 person crew and one support staff
  • Minnesota has supplied 2 support staff

Additional resources expected in the coming days

  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Minnesota are planning on sending fire crews to Ontario in the coming days to aid with suppression efforts
  • Northwest Territories and British Columbia will be provided additional fire suppression equipment to support fire operations
  • Alberta is planning on sending over another air tanker package

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 15, 2018 @ 13:26

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 15, 2018
Time of Report 1:10pm

We are receiving a very high volume of media calls seeking information about the fire situation in the Northeast. At this time, we will be providing media with two updates daily about the fire situation. One in the later morning or early afternoon and one in the evening. Below is an update for this afternoon.

By late morning on July 15, there are 43 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 16 are not yet under control, 27 are either being held, under control or being observed. Twelve fires have been extinguished over the last 24 hours.

The forecast is calling for sunny skies and warm weather, which will drop the relative humidity over the course of the day. A cold front will slowly move into the eastern portions of the region later this evening. We are expecting a more active fire day today for fires not yet being held.

(Water bomber preparing to drop on a lightning caused fire)

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

We are continuing to utilize incoming resources on existing fires in this cluster. North Bay 62 has 12 crews working to contain the 2 500 hectare fire which is not yet under control. On North Bay 42, six crews are establishing hose lines along the fire perimeter working to contain it. We’re expecting increased fire behaviour today in this fire cluster as localized winds could reach 15km/h with 30km/h gusts.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

North Bay 72 is the priority fire in this cluster. It’s currently listed at 10 775 hectares and not yet under control. New crews from all over the country continue to arrive to staff this fire. Crews already established are working towards the north end of the fire in attempt to impede its spread. More resources will arrive in the coming days and will be placed on priority areas of the fire.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Crews continue to make excellent progress containing fires in this cluster. With the exception of Nor 69 and Nor 55, all fires are either being held or under control as of this morning. We are in the process of confirming reports of a new fire in the area. Good progress has been made on North Bay 69 and North Bay 55 as crews have now established hose lines around the entire perimeter of these fires.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided 3 support staff and an air tanker package.
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team and 9 support staff. There are also 2 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews and 2 support staff.
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews and 2 support staff.
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew.
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew and one support staff.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person crews, one 3 person crew and one support staff
  • Minnesota has supplied 2 support staff

Additional resources expected in the coming days

  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Minnesota are planning on sending fire crews to Ontario in the coming days to aid with suppression efforts
  • Northwest Territories and British Columbia will be provided additional fire suppression equipment to support fire operations
  • Alberta is planning on sending over another air tanker package

(Out of province crews arriving in Sudbury from across Canada for a briefing before being deployed to fires)

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire managementontario.ca/fireprevention

 

 

Jul 15, 2018 @ 07:11

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update – Northeast Fire Region
July 14, 2018
Time of Report 10:08 pm

 

By the evening of July 14, there are 46 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 18 are not yet under control, 28 are either being held, under control or being observed. Nine fires have been extinguished over the last 24 hours.

  • Timmins 12, located east of Night Hawk Lake, received air support today from water bombers to assist firefighting efforts on the ground. This fire is listed at 82 hectares and not under control.

Three fires were discovered in the evening hours today.

  • Sudbury 74 is not under control at 1.2 hectares and is located south of Burwash. Crews are currently working to contain the fire.
  • Chapleau 15 is not under control at 3 hectare. Four CL-415s water bombers were dispatched to help contain this fire in addition to 2 FireRanger crews. This fire is located north of Foleyet.
  • North Bay 94 is currently not under control at 0.1 of a hectare and is located east of Highway 11 among the Temagami fire cluster.

Today we saw hot and muggy conditions across the Temagami, River Valley and Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park areas. Due to recent precipitation the fire activity today was reduced.

(FireRanger crew equipment at Sudbury Fire Management Headquarters, ready to respond)

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster:

North Bay 62 is 2 500 hectares and is currently not under control. Twelve fire crews are utilizing pump and hose on the north end of the fire constructing fire line. North Bay 42 has 6 fire crews working to contain it. These fires received less the 5 mm of rain but high humidity helped FireRangers make progress.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

North Bay 72 has 12 crews working towards the northern section of the fire. This fire was supported with helicopter bucketing in order to reduce spread to the north. Some rain was recorded in the area but was scattered and variable. Tomorrow will likely be a more active fire day.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

With recent precipitation and favourable weather conditions, many of the smaller fires in this cluster have been brought to a being held or under control status. Fire activity today was reduced and crews continued to make progress. Two fires were remapped to reflect a more accurate size. Although there has been no growth in recent days, North Bay 69 fire is now listed at 221 hectares and North Bay 55 at 74.6 hectares.

Resources from Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided 3 support staff and an Air Tanker Package
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, and 8 support staff. There are also 2 Air Tanker Packages
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews and 2 support staff
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews and 2 support staff
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew and one support staff
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews and one support staff
  • Minnesota has supplied 2 support staff

Additional Resources Expected in the Coming Days

  • We are expecting additional support from Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia in the coming days to help manage the current fire situation

(FireRangers arriving on Initial Attack, North Bay 48)

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire managementontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 14, 2018 @ 14:19

By late morning on July 14 there are 48 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these 20 are not yet under control, 28 are either being held under control or being observed.

The cold front that passed through the Northeast will start moving out of the fire region today but will likely bring wrap around cloud conditions for the Temagami, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and River Valley areas. There was minimal and scattered precipitation recorded across the region yesterday and that should provide some relief over a day or two in the fire areas of concern.

Only one fire discovered yesterday remains active, North Bay 93 is not yet under control at 0.5 of a hectare.

 

North Bay 48 fire, a good representation of fire conditions expected today.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

North Bay 69 near Temagami.

River Valley Fire Cluster:

This area received some light rain which will likely reduce fire activity today. Resources continue to be established at the River Valley Basecamp and will be fully operational by the end of the weekend. Last night, there were 12 fire crews assigned to the North Bay 62 fire with more resources being assigned today.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

There are 10 crews assigned to the North Bay 72 fire. These crews will be focused on suppression of the north end of the fire which is the area closest to the Speight Township. Ranger crews will continue to establish values protection in the area as a precaution. This fire was remapped yesterday for a more accurate size, it’s now listed at 10 775 hectares. We’re not expecting to see any significant growth on this fire today given recent precipitation.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Fires in this area are relatively quiet and crews are making good progress extinguishing fires in tough terrain. Two fires were remapped to reflect a more accurate size. Although there has been no growth in recent days, North Bay 69 fire is now listed at 221 hectares and North Bay 55 at 74.6 hectares.

Fire Crews working on North Bay 69 near Temagami.

Resources from Out of Province

  • Saskatchewan has provided 3 support staff and an Air Tanker Package
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, and 8 support staff. There are also 2 Air Tanker Packages
  • British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews and 2 support staff
  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews and 2 support staff
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew and one support staff
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews and one support staff
  • Minnesota has supplied 2 support staff

Additional Resources Expected in the Coming Days

  • We are expecting additional support from Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia in the coming days to help manage the current fire situation

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

The restrictions include:

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

 

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

 

Jul 14, 2018 @ 06:59

By the evening of July 13, there are 52 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 21 are not yet under control, while 31 are either being held, under control or being observed. Fourteen fires have been called out.

Tomorrow, the forecast is calling for some wrap around cloud in areas near the Quebec border which would continue to provide cloud cover for the Temagami, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and River Valley fire clusters. The winds will be light and variable which will have minimal impact on fire activity. Although we did record rainfall today in some areas of the Northeast, it was scattered in nature and will provide modest relief over the next day or two for fires in the areas of concern.

 

Type 2 crews receiving helicopter briefing before being deployed to the fire line,

  • Two new fires were reported today. North Bay 93 and Sault Ste. Marie 11 are both 0.1 hectares and have both been actioned by FireRanger crews. Cloud cover and scattered showers assisted fire personnel in making good progress on current fires.
  • North Bay 72 originated in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and has exited the park boundary towards the northeast. This is currently the largest fire burning in the Northeast region at 10 775 hectares (this fire was remapped for a more accurate size). New crews arrived to the base camp today. Values protection is established in Speight Township as a precautionary measure.
  • Timmins 12, which is located approximately 25 km east of Nighthawk Lake, is 77.3 hectares. Today, heavy equipment made good progress while a belly-tanker helicopter assisted 6 crews on the ground.
  • The weather assisted Fire crews in making good progress on North Bay 69 today, which is located southwest of the Temagami marina.
  • Fire crews are being established on North Bay 62, a 2500 hectare fire northeast of River Valley.
  • North Bay 55 is located south of Temagami, east of Hwy 11 and covers 25 hectares. Fire crews made good progress on the fire today.

 

Weather conditions helped crews make progress on existing fires.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

Resources from Out of Province

The following forest firefighting crews are currently assisting Ontario FireRangers and type 2 contract crews:

  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews with 2 support staff
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew
  • British-Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews with 2 support staff
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews with 1 support staff
  • Saskatchewan has supplied two support staff
  • Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person crews, 9 support staff and a 19 person Incident Management Team
  • Minnesota has supplied 2 support staff

The following equipment is in Ontario, helping with the forest fire situation:

  • Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations with Air tanker packages.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have been reporting smoke drift in their communities, smoky conditions are expected to continue until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home, however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

 

Fire Crew in helicopter after being dispatched to a fire.

 

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

The restrictions include:

  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
  • For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
  • For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
  • For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
  • For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

 

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire managementontario.ca/fireprevention

 

 

Jul 13, 2018 @ 19:00

A Community Information Session on the Fire & Emergency Status will be held Tuesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. in the Municipal Office Theatre (7 Lakeshore Drive). Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Jul 13, 2018 @ 14:35

On the morning of July 13, there are 60 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 22 are not yet under control, while 38 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 7 new starts in the Northeast Region yesterday.

Relative humidity is higher in the region this morning, this is effectively reducing the fire activity and allowing our crews to make good progress. Some precipitation is falling in parts of the northeast early this afternoon, but we’re forecasting scattered and minimal precipitation today. Although this may help to bring short-term relief to the fire hazard in some localised areas, it is expected to rebound quickly once the precipitation has subsided. There is a current risk of thunderstorms for today, which could bring more lightning fires. Since June 29th, which was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, we have recorded over 165,000 lightning strikes across the Ontario. We expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

Recent lightning captured outside the Sudbury Fire Management Headquarters by Ken Irvine this week.

 

Values protection continue to work in Speight Township today as a precautionary measure. This is in the area of fire North Bay 72 which originated in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and has now exited the park boundary towards the northeast. This is currently the largest fire burning in the Northeast Region. Crews are working along the river system from Mountain Lake south through Speight today.

 

Timmins 12, which is located approximately 25 km east of Nighthawk Lake, now covers 77.3 hectares. Four CL415 waterbombers and 4 fire crews were working last night to suppress this fire. Today, heavy equipment is making progress while a belly-tanker helicopter is assisting 6 crews on the ground.

 

Last evening, AFFES received a call for assistance from the Municipality of Central Frontenac for fire Peterborough 3. Three Twin Otters and a birddog aircraft were dispatched but were not required. A ground crew is assisting municipal firefighters this morning.

 

Fire crews are making good progress on North Bay 69, which is located southwest of the Temagami marina. Heavy helicopters were working on the fire yesterday afternoon, bucketing water onto the fire.

 

North Bay 55 also had aerial fire suppression support in the form of heavy helicopters yesterday. It is located south of Temagami, east of Hwy 11 and covers 25 hectares.

 

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

 

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

Resources from Out of Province

The following forest firefighting crews are currently assisting Ontario FireRangers and type 2 contract crews:

  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew
  • British-Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person crews
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews
  • Saskatchewan has supplied two support staff
  • Alberta has supplied fourteen 4 person crews, 8 support staff and a 19 person Incident Management Team

The following equipment is in Ontario, helping with the forest fire situation:

  • CL415 water bombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibian equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.

Fire crews from across Canada are briefed by Ontario’s Paul Riopel this morning.

 

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have been reporting smoke drift in their communities, smoky conditions are expected to continue until weather patterns change.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

The restrictions include:

  • All travel and use of McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Cooke Lake Road, Beauty Lake Road, Roadhouse Tower Road, Mountain Lake Road, Klock Road, Goulard Road starting at Lower Goose Falls is restricted as well as Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the North Bay District of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. (See map at Ontario.ca/forestfire)

 

  • All modes of travel/access into closed backcountry parks (Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks) and all Crown lands as outlined in the identified area on the Implementation Order map is prohibited.

 

  • All use and occupation of Crown land or within 500 metres of the described closed roads on the map.

Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.

A CL415 waterbomber works on fire North Bay 46 earlier this week.

 

For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546

For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146

For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165

For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 13, 2018 @ 08:35

We issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District (NOR#062).

The restrictions include:

  • All travel and use of McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Cooke Lake Road, Beauty Lake Road, Klock Road, Roadhouse Tower Road, Mountain Lake Road, Goulard Road starting at Lower Goose Falls as outlined in the identified area on the attached Implementation Order map within the EAO is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the North Bay District of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
  • All modes of travel/access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks and all Crown lands as outlined in the identified area on the attached Implementation Order map within the EAO is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the North Bay District of the MNRF.
  • Use of the Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate as outlined on the attached Implementation Order map is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the North Bay District of the MNRF.
  • All use and occupation of Crown Land or within 500 metres of the described closed roads in items 1, 2 & 3 above, within this area is prohibited.
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See the restricted areas on this PDF map.  (Note: this map gets updated regularly and the link to the pdf file will change.)

We issued the Emergency Area Order to help maintain public safety and to allow authorities to suppress the fire.

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.  Stay safe!

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 23:45

This map shows the predicted path and intensity of smoke for tomorrow evening at 10 p.m. (Source firesmoke.ca)

 

Of concern to many is the air quality from the numerous forest fires. If you visit this link, at forestfires.ca it will play an animation of the predicted effect of wildfire smoke over the next 51 hours. From the website: “This system produces forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke particles (PM 2.5) from wildfires up to 48 hours into the future. The forecast output is experimental and is subject to uncertainties that are inherent in weather forecasts, wildfire detection/emissions and smoke predictions.”

 

From the CDC (edited):

When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Who is at greatest risk from wildfire smoke?

  • People who have heart or lung diseases, like heart disease, chest pain, lung disease, or asthma, are at higher risk from wildfire smoke.
  • Older adults are more likely to be affected by smoke. This may be due to their increased risk of heart and lung diseases.
  • Children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke. Children’s airways are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Also, children often spend more time outdoors engaged in activity and play.

Take steps to decrease your risk from wildfire smoke.

  • Check local air quality reports.
  • Consult local visibility guides.
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible if you are advised to stay indoors. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter in a designated evacuation center or away from the affected area.
  • Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution. Burning candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves can increase indoor pollution. Vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home, contributing to indoor pollution. Smoking also puts even more pollution into the air.
  • Prevent wildfires from starting. Prepare, build, maintain and extinguish campfires safely. Follow local regulations if you burn trash or debris. Check with your local fire department to be sure the weather is safe enough for burning.
  • Follow the advice of your doctor or other healthcare providers
    about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease. Consider evacuating if you are having trouble breathing. Call your doctor for  advice if your symptoms worsen.
  • Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.
  • Evacuate from the path of wildfires. Listen to the news to learn about current evacuation orders. Follow the instructions of local officials about when and where to evacuate. Take only essential items with you. Follow designated evacuation routes–others may be blocked–and plan for heavy traffic.

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 22:04

Sunset at the Sudbury Fire Management Centre July, 2018.

On the evening of July 12, there are 66 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 26 are not yet under control, while 40 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 7 new starts in the Northeast today, one of which was extinguished. Our fire crews were able to extinguish 9 fires in total.

Relative humidity will rise throughout the day tomorrow (rain or not), effectively reducing the fire activity and allowing for crews to get established. Some precipitation was noted on the west portion of the region, but we’re forecasting scattered and minimal precipitation in the priority fire areas. There is a risk of thunderstorms over the next 12 to 24 hours, which could bring more lightning fires. Since June 29th, which was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, we have recorded over 165,000 lightning strikes across the Ontario. We expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

Values protection teams have been actively working in the area of Speight and Auld Townships again today, as a precautionary measure.

Timmins 12 is a 25-hectare forest fire which is located approximately 25 km east of Nighthawk Lake. Four CL415 waterbombers and 4 fire crews are working to suppress this fire.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

 

Out of Province Crews arrive in Sudbury July 12, 2018

Resources from Out of Province

  • Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia arrived in Ontario on Monday, July 9 to assist with the fire situation. Fifteen 3 person crews from British Columbia and ten 4 person crews from Alberta have been deployed to priority fires on July 10.
  • CL415 water bombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibian equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.
  • Additional personnel have arrived from Alberta this morning in the form of five 4 person initial attack crews and a 19 person Incident Management Team as well as 8 support staff

The following crews arrived later in the day to join Ontario FireRangers in the Northeast region tomorrow.

  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew
  • British-Columbia has supplied five more 3 person crews
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews
  • Saskatchewan has supplied two support staff

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Smoke around the Tri-Towns, Elk Lake, Earlton, Kenabeec, Kerns and surrounding areas may be heavy tonight.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home, however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

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Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

The restrictions include:

  • All travel and use of McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Cooke Lake Road, Beauty Lake Road, Roadhouse Tower Road, Mountain Lake Road, Klock Road, Goulard Road starting at Lower Goose Falls is restricted as well as Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the North Bay District of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. (See map attached)
  • All modes of travel/access into closed backcountry parks (Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks) and all Crown lands as outlined in the identified area on the Implementation Order map is prohibited.
  • All use and occupation of Crown land or within 500 metres of the described closed roads on the map.
  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.

For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546

For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165

For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 21:53

Map of fires around Temagami as of Thursday evening, July 12, 2018.

 

Level One Emergency Declared for Bear Island

Due to the number of active fires in the area, Temagami First Nation Chief and Council have declared a Level One Emergency for Bear Island. Residents should be on alert for a possible escalation. In the event that an evacuation is ordered, residents will be given as much notice as possible via an advance Evacuation Alert.

The Fire Ban on Bear Island remains in effect and applies to all open fires of any size, including campfires and fireworks. Bear Island residents are asked to be cautious and remember to dispose of smoking materials in proper receptacles. This ban will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Daily Updates

Daily updates on fire conditions will be posted in and around the community and at the Pier Market. Information will also be posted and available online.

TFN Website

TFN Facebook

MNRF Updates

 

Emergency Bag/Kits should contain:

  • Spare set of clothes
  • Candles, including an appropriate holder
  • Batteries, for flashlights, radios, etc.
  • Portable Radio – with adequate range/reception
  • Flashlights – at least 2 in working order
  • Matches (waterproof), lighters
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fresh Drinking Water for all in home
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable food items

 


Jul 12, 2018 @ 21:42

Temagami First Nation Annual Traditional Pow Wow Postponement

July 11, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Published by Executive Director,

BEAR ISLAND, ON (July 11, 2018)· Temagami First Nation Chief and Council decided that the Annual TFN Pow wow, that was to be held on July 14 and 15, 2018 has been postponed until further notice due to fire conditions on n’Daki Menan. The pow wow is postponed because of the State of Emergency in the Municipality of Temagami.

Temagami First Nation recognizes the distress and hardships that the present emergency is causing the residents of Temagami and area and does not want to add any further complications by inviting more people into the region.

Acting Chief John Turner shared these words, “At this time, we stand together with our friends and neighbours in the town of Temagami, on the lake, and throughout n’Daki Menan (our homeland).

I would like to convey on behalf of Chief and Council that we are very sorry that this meaningful and cultural event had to be postponed. We acknowledge that many in our community, and from other communities, have been working hard preparing, and have very much been looking forward to this pow wow.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by these unfortunate circumstances.

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 21:38

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE (RFZ) & IMPLEMENTATION ORDER (IO)

Community Notice (as of July 12, 2018)

  1. An Implementation Order (10) for travel restrictions is in effect in the Temagami area. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is restricting access to areas due to safety hazard created by increased fire activity.
  2. The MNRF has restricted travel as outlined on the 10-2018-02 map to ensure public safety where there is increased fire activity. The hatched area (shaded) on the map, details the restricted area.
  3. There is currently a high volume of fires burning in the Municipality of Temagami.
  4. The Municipality of Temagami has declared an emergency. Although you may not see or smell these fires, they are actively burning.
  5. Public safety is absolutely paramount. These conditions change frequently. Check the website daily at: ontario.ca/forestfire for the most up to date accurate information.
  6. For inquiries on the Implementation Order access restrictions and the current map, contact: 705-475-5546. For any fire-related inquiries please contact the Fire Officer at: 705-564-61 65.
  7. The Community Control Group meets daily and will provide updates once they become available.

 

Municipality of Temagami Statement

Current Fire Situation Update – July 12, 2018 at 8:17 p.m. from Mayor Lorie Hunter.

The Municipality of Temagami is currently under a fire ban. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) have issued a restricted fire zone order for the area.

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the MNRF has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in some areas of Northeastern Ontario as outlined on the interactive fire map at ontario.ca/forestfire. No open burning, including campfires, is permitted within the boundaries of a Restricted Fire Zone. Portable gas stoves may be used for cooking and warmth BUT must be handled with extreme caution. All burning permits are suspended. Follow Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services on Twitter @ONforestfires.

There are 19 active fires burning in the Municipality of Temagami; however, this number could rapidly change. The Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home, however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

All Provincial parks, including Finlayson Point and Marten River Provincial Park, remain closed and all interior and backcountry travel is restricted.

The MNRF is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the North Bay District.

Access to these areas is restricted and roadblocks will be set-up to notify the public of the closure. Travel restrictions are in place and permits are required to travel through this area. Within the area, no Crown land camping, no day trips, no hiking, no ATVs and no access to private or commercial camps or cottages are permitted.

These measures are meant to protect the public and ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely fight forest fires in the identified area. Public safety is paramount as these conditions can change frequently.

Check the website daily at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires for the most up to date, accurate information on fire situations. For road closures and restricted access areas, please visit: https://files.ontario.ca/20180710_2018-01-nor01.pdf . For information about travel restrictions: 705-475-5546.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available. The Regional Information Officer can be contacted at: 705-564-6156.

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 21:22

The City of North Bay is supporting the evacuation of the Keewaydin Canoe Camp located in Temagami, Ontario.

 

Mayor Al McDonald was contacted by representatives of the Keewaydin Canoe Camp requesting assistance with the evacuation of approximately 100 campers ranging in age from 10-13 years old. As a result of this request, the Emergency Management Team was engaged and quickly coordinated the logistics for accomodations and meals. Several community partners and agencies are also involved in the effort.

 

“The City has an Emergency Management Plan in place for circumstances just like this” said Al McDonald, Mayor of the City of North Bay. “We are pleased to offer our assistance to the Camp and to help ensure the safety of the young campers as they make their way home.”

 

Fire Chief Whiteley stated that “We were able to pull together resources through the support of the Canadian Red Cross, Nipissing University, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and the Gathering Place to join the efforts of the mmebers of the City’s Emergency Management Team to meet the necessary needs to accommodate the campers that come from many parts of Canada and the United States.”

 

All campers have arrived and the team is working on meeting their needs. An update will be provided later in the afternoon after registration of all campers has been completed.

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 20:51

Due to an extreme fire hazard & recent periods of heavy lightning in parts of the Northeast Region, MNRF will expand the current Restricted Fire Zone to include areas outlined in the map below as of 12:01 a.m. tonight (July 13).

 

 

Jul 12, 2018 @ 14:22

Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 12, 2018
Time of Report 13:30

 

We are receiving a very high volume of media calls seeking information about the fire situation in the Northeast. At this time, we will be providing media with two updates daily about the fire situation. One late morning, and one in the evening. Below is an update for this morning.

 

On the morning of July 12, there are 66 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 26 are not yet under control, while 40 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 18 new starts in the northeast yesterday and we have already received several initial reports that are being investigated by detection aircraft this morning.

Once again, no precipitation was recorded in the region overnight last night, and since June 29th which was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, we have recorded over 165,000 lightning strikes across the Ontario.

The current forecast once again predicts the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening in the Northeast region. We expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

Three CL415’s were working on North Bay 72 this last evening. This fire originated in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and has now spread northeast outside the park boundary. FireRangers have been setting up sprinklers in the area of Speight Township and Auld Township as a precaution. 3 fire crews were on the ground last night performing values protection and 6 crews are out this morning continuing to make progress. Sprinklers have been set up this morning on Skull Lake, Mendelson Lake (Speight Township) and are currently working around Big Spring Lake and Indian Lake (Auld Township).

Good progress was made on North Bay 69 yesterday, fire crews and heavy helicopters were effective in reducing fire activity for this fire which is the closest to the Temagami community.

(Twitter follower Trish Jordan provided this photo of a CL415 scooping from Lake Temagami on July 8, preparing to drop water on North Bay 69)

(Three CL415 waterbombers work together to suppress fire North Bay 69 near Temagami on July 8, photo provided by Twitter follower Trish Jordan)

Crews from British Columbia were assigned to North Bay 55 yesterday and have been working to suppress this fire. Air attack was dispatched to this fire later in the day to aid with firefighting activities.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are taking over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

Resources from Out of Province

  • Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia arrived in Ontario on Monday July 9 to assist with the fire situation. Fifteen 3 person crews from British Columbia and ten 4 person crews from Alberta have been deployed to priority fires July 10.
  • CL415 water bombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibians equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.
  • Additional personnel have arrived from Alberta this morning in the form of five 4 person initial attack crews and a 19 person Incident Management Team as well as 8 support staff

Further Out of Province Resources Arriving later today:

  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew
  • British-Columbia has supplied five more 3 person crews
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews
  • Saskatchewan has supplied two support staff

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Significant smoke was noted in several areas of Northeastern Ontario last night. Variable winds last evening saw smoke blowing into many communities from several active fires in the province. Smoke drifts are possible again today, with winds out of the southsouthwest predominantly across the Northeast Region this afternoon.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

(Several fires are causing significant smoke to drift into many communities in Northeastern Ontario over the past few days – North Bay 42 is pictured here)

Temagami area information

The MNRF has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at any time based on the fire situation. Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

Travel Restrictions

MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.

The restrictions include:

  • All travel and use of McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road as outlined on the map.
  • All modes of travel or access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and all Crown lands as outlined on the map attached.
  • Use of the Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate as outlined on the map.
  • All use and occupation of Crown land or within 500 metres of the described closed roads on the map.
  • Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.

 

For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546 

For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146

For inquiries by members of the public contact:705-564-6165

 

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Report prepared by Isabelle Chenard

 

Contact Information:
Shayne McCool
Fire Information Officer
705-564-6146

 

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Jul 11, 2018 @ 23:50

North Bay 72, July 11, 2018. (MNRF)

 

North Bay 69, Near Temagami -July 9, 2018, MNRF.

On the evening of July 11, there are 67 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 32 are not yet under control, while 39 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 18 new starts in the northeast today, two of which are already out. At the time of this update 16 fires remain active. Thunderstorms once again swept through Northeastern Ontario on July 9th and we expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

There was no rain at all recorded overnight last night, and since June 29thwhich was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, we have recorded over 165,000 lightning strikes across the Ontario.

Reports of smoke have been noted from areas across the central portion of the northeast. Smoke drift from fires in the Temagami, River Valley and the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park areas is the main cause associated with smoke conditions. We are expecting a southwesterly wind tomorrow which is expected to cause smoke drift towards the northeast. We’re predicting existing fires to be active tomorrow before cloud cover moves into the region overnight Friday.

North Bay 72, with Water Bomber July 11, 2018, MNRF.

Three CL415’s were working on North bay 72 this evening, which originated in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and has now spread northeast outside the park boundary. FireRangers are in Kenbeec/Kerns tonight setting up sprinklers in the community as a precaution. Good progress was made on North Bay 69 today, fire crews and heavy helicopters were effective in reducing fire activity for this fire which is the closest to the Temagami community. Crews from British Columbia were assigned to North Bay 55 today and have been working to suppress this fire. Air attack was dispatched to this fire later in the day to aid with firefighting activities.

Incident Management Teams

Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have mobilized in the region and are preparing to take over priority fires in 3 areas:

  • River Valley Cluster
  • Lake Temagami Cluster
  • Lady Evelyn Cluster

Resources from Out of Province

  • Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia arrived in Ontario on Monday July 9 to assist with the fire situation. Fifteen 3 person crews from British Columbia and ten 4 person crews from Alberta have been deployed to priority fires last night.
  • CL415 water bombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibians equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.

Incoming Out of Province Resources Arriving July 12

  • Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person crews
  • Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person crew
  • Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person crew
  • British-Columbia has supplied five more 3 person crews
  • Northwest Territories has supplied six 4 person crews
  • Alberta has sent five 4 person initial attack crews and a 19 person Incident Management Team as well as 8 support staff
  • Saskatchewan has supplied two support staff

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Travel Restrictions

On July 9, the MNRF district imposed travel restrictions along several roads in the Temagami area, information can be found on MNRF’s facebook page, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Twitter page and contact information for the North Bay District staff is indicated on our website at Ontario.ca/forestfire. There, you can also check our interactive fire map to find out the size, location, status of current forest fires, and remember that there is also a restricted fire zone in effect in many parts of Northeastern Ontario, so campfires and outdoor burning are not permitted at this time. You can check the boundaries of the restricted fire zone on our map as well.

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For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546

For inquiries by members of the public contact:705-564-6165

Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.

 

Jul 11, 2018 @ 22:05

Municipality of Temagami Statement

Current Fire Situation Update – July 11, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. from Mayor Lorie Hunter.

The Municipality of Temagami is currently under a fire ban. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) have issued a restricted fire zone order for the area.

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the MNRF has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in some areas of Northeastern Ontario as outlined on the interactive fire map at ontario.ca/forestfire. No open burning, including campfires, is permitted within the boundaries of a Restricted Fire Zone. Portable gas stoves may be used for cooking and warmth BUT must be handled with extreme caution. All burning permits are suspended. Follow Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services on Twitter @ONforestfires.

There are 19 active fires burning in the Municipality of Temagami; however, this number could rapidly change. The Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores, at the south edge of the town of Temagami, to Jessie Lake including Bell Island on Lake Temagami have been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Residents may return home however, must remain on alert as they can be asked to leave again at anytime based on the fire situation.

Other Evacuation Alerts remain in place.

All Provincial parks, including Finlayson Point and Marten River Provincial Park, remain closed and all interior and back country travel is restricted.


The MNRF is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the North Bay District.

Access to these areas is restricted and roadblocks will be set-up to notify the public of the closure. Travel restrictions are in place and permits are required to travel through this area. Within the area, no Crown land camping, no day trips, no hiking, no ATVs and no access to private or commercial camps or cottages are permitted.

These measures are meant to protect the public and ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely fight forest fires in the identified area. Public safety is paramount as these conditions can change frequently.

Check the website daily at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires for the most up to date, accurate information on fire situations. For road closures and restricted access areas, please visit: https://files.ontario.ca/20180710_2018-01-nor01.pdf .

For information about travel restrictions: 705-475-5546.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available. The Regional Information Officer can be contacted at 705-564-6156.

 

 

Jul 11, 2018 @ 21:48

Temagami’s CEMC (Community Emergency Measures Coordinator) Brian Koski says that the Mandatory Evacuation Order for the area from Temagami Shores to Jesse Lake, including Bell Island, has now been lifted. Immediately. Those who have had to stay away can return home!

AN EVACUATION ALERT STILL EXISTS FOR THE WHOLE AREA AND YOU ARE ASKED TO CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR UPDATES FOR CHANGES!

 

Jul 11, 2018 @ 20:42

Basemap (http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/interactive-map) showing some of the forest fires and the extents burned.

 

Residents of the Temagami area and Northeastern Ontario. AFFES would like to remind the public that it is illegal to fly a drone within 9 km of a forest fire. Please help ensure public safety and the safety of fire response personnel and respect the no drone zone.

 

Jul 11, 2018 @ 13:09

Forest Fire Situation Update (Northeast Fire Region)

July 11, 2018, 12:00 Noon

This morning, there are 66 active forest fires in Northeast Region. 27 of these fires are not yet under control, while 39 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 15 new starts in the northeast yesterday, 7 of which are already out at the time of this update. Thunderstorms once again swept through Northeastern Ontario on July 9th and we expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

In fact, we have already received a dozen reports this morning and detection aircraft are investigating.

 

 

(T802 Fire Boss amphibians from Alberta are in Ontario to assist with the forest fire situation)

 

 

There was no rain at all recorded overnight last night, and since June 29th which was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, we have recorded over 165,000 lightning strikes across the Ontario.

We are expecting mainly sunny skies today in Northeastern Ontario, with relatively light northerly winds, so smoke from fires in Northern Ontario will drift to the south again today. Yesterday Ontario residents as far south as cottage country saw smoky conditions as a result of smoke blowing south from moderate northerly winds. We are expecting the fires to be more active today than they have been Monday and Tuesday, so there may be an increase in the amount of smoke, certainly in the North Bay district.

Yesterday, the MNRF district imposed travel restrictions along several roads in the Temagami area, information can be found on MNRF’s facebook page, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Twitter page and contact information for the North Bay District staff is indicated on our website at Ontario.ca/forestfire (it is also below in this article). There you can also check our interactive fire map to find out the size, location, status of current forest fires, and remember that there is also a restricted fire zone in effect in many parts of Northeastern Ontario, so campfires and outdoor burning are not permitted at this time. You can check the boundaries of the restricted fire zone on our map as well.

 

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAMS

Ontario is deploying incident management teams over the coming days to manage priority fires. Details will become available later this week.

 

 

(Sikorsky 61 helicopter bucketing over North Bay 42 on July 8)

RESOURCES FROM OUT-OF-PROVINCE

 

  • Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia have now arrived in Ontario to assist with the fire situation. 15 – 3 person crews from British Columbia and 10 – 4 person crews from Alberta have been deployed to priority fires tonight.
  • CL415 waterbombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibians equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.

 

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

 

FOREST FIRE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY MNRF’S NORTH BAY DISTRICT

Effective as of 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2018, an Implementation Order was issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry restricting access to an area of Temagami where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the North Bay District.

Access to these areas is restricted and road blocks will be set-up to notify the public of the closure. Travel restrictions are in place and permits are required to travel through this area. Within the area, no Crown land camping, no day trips, no hiking, no ATVs and no access to private or commercial camps or cottages are permitted.

This measure is meant to protect the public and ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely fight forest fires in the identified area.

For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546

Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.

(North Bay 42 in the foreground, and North Bay 62 with associated smoke drift in the background)

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire managementontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 11, 2018 @ 08:36

MNRF Update – July 10, 10:11 p.m.

On the evening of July 10th, there are 66 active forest fires in Northeast Region. 29 of these fires are not yet under control, while 37 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 15 new starts in the northeast today, 5 of which are already out at the time of this update. Thunderstorms once again swept through Northeastern Ontario yesterday afternoon and we expect to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

New fires on the landscape include:

  • North Bay 74, a 1.5 hectare fire located northwest of Driftwood Lake, approximately 3 km south of the Temagami Access Rd.
  • Sault Ste. Marie 10, located within Garden River 14 First Nation, west of Echo Lake, is being held at 0.4 of a hectare.
  • North Bay 75 is located west of the Obabika River. It covers 6 hectares and is not yet under control.
  • North Bay 76 cover 0.1 of a hectare is located southeast of Perch Lake, approximately 15 km southeast of Mattawa.
  • Sudbury 63 covers 0.2 of a hectare is under control.
  • Sudbury 64 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare located on Clapperton Island.
  • Sudbury 65 covers 0.1 of a hectare and is located southwest of St. Charles.
  • Sudbury 66 and 67 are north of Hwy 637 approximately 10 km northwest of Killarney, they are 0.5 and 0.1 of a hectare respectively.
  • North Bay 78 is located just north of Hwy 533 northwest of Mattawa. It is 0.1 of a hectare and is not under control.

 

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAMS

Ontario is planning to deploy incident management teams over the coming days to manage priority fires. Details will become available later this week.

 

RESOURCES FROM OUT-OF-PROVINCE

  • Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia have now arrived in Ontario to assist with the fire situation. 15 – 3 person crews from British Columbia and 10 – 4 person crews from Alberta have been deployed to priority fires tonight.
  • CL415 waterbombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibians equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.

 

SMOKE NOTED ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TODAY

  • Smoke drift was noted in many communities across Northeastern Ontario today, and well into cottage country due to a northerly wind. This smoke was from several fires in Ontario.
  • AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

 

FOREST FIRE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY MNRF’S NORTH BAY DISTRICT

Effective as of 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2018, an Implementation Order was issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry restricting access to an area of Temagami as outlined on the map below, where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the North Bay District.

Access to these areas is restricted and road blocks will be set-up to notify the public of the closure. Travel restrictions are in place and permits are required to travel through this area. Within the area, no Crown land camping, no day trips, no hiking, no ATVs and no access to private camps or cottages are permitted.

This measure is meant to protect the public and ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely fight forest fires in the identified area.

For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5512

 

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

 

Jul 10, 2018 @ 15:36

Fire crews from Alberta and British Columbia have now arrived in Ontario to assist with the fire situation. 15 – 3 person crews from British Columbia and 10 – 4 person crews from Alberta will be deployed to priority fires tonight.

CL415 waterbombers and T802 Fire Boss amphibians equipment from Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently supporting Ontario’s fire suppression operations.

Temagami area residents will note the presence of aerial fire suppression aircraft again today.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeannne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn Provincial Park in the North Bay District (see map below). These travel restrictions will help protect the public and ensure public safety.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been asking residents of Lake Temagami to tie boats and float planes as close to the shore as possible to allow the maximum space for waterbombers and other aerial fire suppression aircraft to do their job. When water bombers approach a body of water, move close to the shore so they can perform their scoop safely. A water bomber will not scoop from a lake or river if encroaching watercraft pose a safety hazard.

Area residents should also ensure to keep boat traffic to a minimum today on lake Temagami and always keep an eye out for emergency vehicles in the area.

–We will continue to update the situation with information as it becomes available.

 

Jul 10, 2018 @ 15:23

Current Fire Situation – July 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am– From Mayor Lorie Hunter

Emergency Management Committee met at 10:00 am July 10, 2018

Reports on the fires near Temagami are positive. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) officials are currently assessing the fire near Temagami and are not in a position to change existing evacuation orders. Therefore Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores at the South edge of the town of Temagami to Jessie Lake, including Finlayson Point Provincial Park, remain in effect.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for Marten River Provincial Park remains in effect. Evacuation standby for the Town of Temagami and surrounding area, will remain in effect until further notice.

The situation will continue to be monitored as the day progresses and officials will continue to review and set up plans in the event the fire activity increases.

Strathcona Road and the Temagami Fire Tower Road remain closed with no access permitted to the Fire Tower.
All Provincial Parks in the area are now closed and all interior and backcountry travel is restricted. Visit Ontario Parks at www.ontarioparks.comfor when the restrictions will be lifted.

If you were staying at Finlayson Point or Marten River Provincial Park please contact the Park directly for information on retrieving your belongings.

Anyone requiring accommodation as a result of the evacuation should contact the Municipality of Temagami office at 705-569-3421 x 210 and ask for Tammy Lepage during business hours.

Please contact the Municipality of Temagami Office at 705-569-3421 during business hours if you have any questions or concerns. For after-hours immediate MNRF concerns, please contact 1-888-310-3473 (FIRE).

Further updates will be provided after the next Emergency Management Committee meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm July 10, 2018.

 

Jul 10, 2018 @ 12:26

Forest Fires Prevention Act – Emergency Areas Order

 

WHEREAS subsection 23(1) of the Forest Fires Prevention Act R.S.O. 1990. c. F.24. provides that where, in the opinion of the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. a forest fire emergency exists. He may by order declare any area to be a forest fire emergency area:

AND WHEREAS pursuant to Section 7 of the Ministry of Natural Resources Act. R.S.O. 1990. c. M, 31. the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has delegated such power and duty under the said subsection 23(1) to the undersigned by authorisation dated the 24th day of May 2012:

AND WHEREAS the undersigned is of the opinion that is necessary to declare a forest fire emergency area:

NOW THEREFORE pursuant to section 23(1) of the Forest Fires Prevention Act, R.S.O. 1990. c. F. 24. I HEREBY DECLARE the area described Schedule “A” attached hereto to be a forest fire emergency area. effective 1000 hours on the 9th day 01 July. 2018 until such time as the order is revoked.

 

signed Tracy Neil

AD Minister, Provincial Services Division

Dated at Milton

this 9th day of July, 2018

Editor’s Note: This document restricts all interior and backcountry travel in the Temagami area.

Mandatory travel restrictions are as follows.

1) All travel and use of McLaren’s Road, Gibbon’s Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, St. Josephs Road, including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road,

2) All modes of access and travel into Lady Evelyn Park, and on all crown lands in attached map in the Emergency Area Order, unless permitted by MNR permit.

3) Use of Red Squirrel Lake road, beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection is prohibited, unless authorized by permit from MNR.

4) All use and occupation of Crown land within 500 m of the described roads within this area are prohibited.

 

Jul 10, 2018 @ 10:20

Current Fire Situation – July 9, 2018, @ 8:30 pm – From Acting Mayor Dan O’Mara

Emergency Management Committee met at 7:30 pm July 9, 2018

Based on reviews by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Behaviour Analysts, an Incident Management Command Team will be assuming responsibility for the firefighting efforts tomorrow, and a concern that the fire situation can change very quickly, all existing Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Alerts are to remain in place.

Current conditions around the town of Temagami seem to have stabilized for the moment, however, there are a number of serious fires throughout our area. All Provincial Parks in the area are now closed and all interior and backcountry travel is discouraged/restricted. Please contact Ontario Parks at www.ontarioparks.com for more
information.

If you were staying at Finlayson Point or Marten River Provincial Park please contact the Park directly for information on retrieving your belongings.

Please contact the Municipality of Temagami Office at 705-569-3421 during office hours if you have any questions or concerns. For after-hours immediate concerns only please contact Dan O’Mara 705-237-8460 or Brian Koski at 705-569-4522.


Further updates will be provided after the next Emergency Management Committee meeting scheduled for 10:00 am July 10, 2018.

 

Jul 9, 2018 @ 19:46

On July 8, 2018 at approximately 5:45 p.m. members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living between Finlayson Point Provincial Park Road and Jessie Lake to evacuate their homes due to a dangerously close active forest fire near Temagami, Ontario. The MNRF has implemented this mandatory evacuation and there are approximately 20 homes in this area.

The OPP is focusing on keeping everyone safe. At this time, members of the public are being asked to not stop along the highway to take photos of the fire and/or smoke, and to keep the flow of traffic going.

Boaters are also being asked to stay off Lake Temagami in order allow the water bombers to land and to collect water on this lake for their fire suppression efforts.

*If planning travel, consider delaying your trip or avoiding Highway 11 between North Bay and Temiskaming Shores. The emergency management team will be meeting this evening and further updates will be released when they become available.

Any media personnel having inquiries about the fire, is being asked to contact the MNRF.

 

Jul 9, 2018 @ 18:52

Municipality of Temagami Statement – Current Fire Situation – July 9, 2018 @ 2 pm

Emergency Management Committee met at 2:00 pm July 9, 2018

Reports on the Fires near Temagami are positive. Further updates on other major fires in the area will be provided as they become available.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Officials are currently assessing the fire near Temagami and are not in a position to change existing evacuation orders. Therefore Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores at the South edge of the town of Temagami to Jesse Lake remains in effect.

Evacuation standby for areas around or near the fire zone near the Town of Temagami will remain in effect until further notice, including the Evacuation Orders for Finlayson Point and Marten River Provincial Parks. The situation will continue to be monitored as the day progresses.

Officials continue to review and set up plans in the event the fire activity increases and an evacuation is needed.
Highway 11 North is open and the Lake Temagami Access Road is travelable. Strathcona Road remains closed. The Temagami Fire Tower Road remains closed with no access allowed to the Fire Tower.

Hydro has been restored to Lake Temagami.

We are advising the public who are planning to use the parks in the Temagami area to check the Ontario Parks website as Provincial and Interior Parks closures are in effect. Go to www.ontarioparks.com for more information.

Anyone requiring accommodation as a result of the evacuation should contact the Municipality of Temagami office at 705-569-3421 and ask for Tammy Lepage during regular office hours.

Please contact the Municipality of Temagami Office at 705-569-3421 if you have any questions or concerns.

Further updates will be provided after the next Emergency Management Committee meeting scheduled for 7:30 pm July 9, 2018.

 

 

Jul 9, 2018 @ 14:41

map – http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/interactive-map

A state of emergency has been declared for the community of Temagami. The arena in Temagami North is open for anyone who needs a place to stay. Residents have been told to be ready to evacuate.

 

Municipality of Temagami Statement – Current Fire Situation – July 9, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Emergency Management Committee met at 9:00 am July 9, 2018 Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores at the South edge of the town of Temagami to Jesse Lake remains in effect. Evacuation standby for areas around or near the fire zone near the Town of Temagami will remain in effect until further notice. The situation will continue to be monitored as the day progresses. The Emergency Management Committee will meet again at 2 pm July 9, 2018.

Reports from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry were positive and crews are on scene at present evaluating and dealing with issues. Assessment Teams will be out and will be update as things progress.

Highway 11 North is open and the Lake Temagami Access Road is travelable.

Hydro issues on Lake Temagami should be resolved in the next few hours providing the current conditions remain as they are.

The Temagami Arena in the Temagami North (Temagami Townsite) is open for those who need a place to go. Accommodation needs should be reported to the Municipality of Temagami office at 705-569-3421 and ask for Tammy Lepage.

The Municipality will be receiving updates on other fires in the area, especially Fire NB42 near Red Cedar Lake.
Updates and issues dealing with the two Provincial Parks that were evacuated will be handled by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and they will be issuing their own updates and media releases.

The Temiskaming Health Unit will be issuing information related to concerns of the smoke and respiratory issues.
Please contact the Municipality of Temagami Office at 705-569-3421 if you have any questions or concerns. Further updates will be provided after the next meeting scheduled for 2:00 pm this afternoon.

 

Jul 8, 2018 @ 22:35

One of the many supports for those going to help and those being evacuated.

Municipality of Temagami Statement

Updated Fire Situation in Temagami at 9 pm July 8, 2018; from Acting Mayor Dan O’Mara.

Emergency Management Committee met at 8:30 pm.

Mandatory Evacuation Order from Temagami Shores at the south end of the town to Jesse Lake remains in effect along with evacuation standby for areas around or near fire zone near the Town of Temagami.

Reports from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are that fire crews are making progress and will continue working the fire until dark and will resume attack efforts at dawn. There are additional crews and resources on route.

Other local fire departments have sent resources to the town and will be coordinating efforts with the Temagami Fire Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. We have also been contacted by a number of our neighbouring communities who have offered their support.

The Emergency Management Committee will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. Monday morning to update the situation.

If you have concerns please call Dan O’Mara 705-237-8460 or Brian Koski at 705-569-4522.

 

Jul 8, 2018 @ 20:30

On July 8, 2018 at approximately 5:45 p.m. members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living between Finlayson Point Provincial Park Road and Jessie Lake to evacuate their homes due to a dangerously close active forest fire near Temagami, Ontario. The MNRF has implemented this mandatory evacuation and there are approximately 20 homes in this area.

Members of the public have been asked to leave their residence immediately and travel northbound on Highway 11, away from the active fires.

Residents living in the area between Jessie Lake and the Lake Temagami Access Road have been placed on, “alert” suggesting that they may be asked to evacuate should fire conditions in their area worsen.

Those residents residing in the Town of Temagami are currently on a voluntary notice to evacuate and are also being asked to travel northbound on Highway 11 if they choose to leave at this time.

Assisting with the operations is the Temagami Fire Department. There are currently no road closures which will allow residents time to travel, however; it is anticipated that fire conditions may worsen and as such Highway 11 may be closed at a later time.

*If planning travel, avoid Highway 11 between North Bay and Temiskaming Shores.

 

Jul 8, 2018 @ 19:59

 

Evacuated: Marten River and Finlayson Point Provincial Parks have been evacuated.

Mandatory Evacuation: ALL residents from Temagami Shores to Jesse Lake are under a mandatory evacuation and are to go north.

Standby: Residents from Jesse Lake to the Lake Temagami Access Road are on standby notice.

Alert for Evacuation: Temagami North

Residents on islands in Lake Temagami are being advised to stay where they are at this time.

Marten River is evacuating some roads and is on standby evacuation notice. They are to go south.

The arena in Temagami North is open for people to go there.

The Emergency Management Team has met and will be meeting again this evening and will give updates on the situation as needed.

Those who want to leave on their own are asked to proceed north along Highway 11.

 

Wawa-news will continue to update as information becomes available.

 

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  1. This article is very informative and well done. It could be used to educate the public, and used as a tool in schools to help demonstrate how forest fires are managed, and identify the risks involved.

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