Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:50

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update – Northeast Fire Region
July 28, 2018
Time of Report 11:50

  • By the evening of July 28 there were 39 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 12 are not yet under control, 27 are either being held, under control or being observed.
  • There were no new fires discovered today.

Incident Management Teams

  • Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in three areas:
    • River Valley Cluster
    • Lady Evelyn Cluster
    • Parry Sound 33
    • Pembroke Cluster

Parry Sound 33

  • Water bombers and helicopters worked most of the day limiting movement among most areas of the fire perimeter, with generally good results. As the fire is impacted the most by heavy winds the weather is closely monitored. Please keep in mind that at this time the fire is still classified as not under control.
  • The southwest winds are expected to continue tomorrow possibly bringing heavy smoke conditions periodically into surrounding communities and along highway 69. The fire remains approximately seven kilometres west of highway 69 and three kilometres south of the Pickerel River.
  • Parry Sound 33 Forest Fire is 7651 hectares in size. For most of the day winds from the southwest continued, keeping the northeast side as the most active part of the fire.
  • Priority remains along the northeast side of the fire with fingers extending towards the CN rail line, as minimal movement occurred across the tracks. Minimal growth along the southwest portion of the fire occurred.
  • Hose lay and containment will resume along the northern portion as crews will look to secure that area.

Photo taken by Dan Leonard Response/Ignition Specialist. Photo shows successful ignition operation on Parry Sound 33.

River Valley Fire Cluster

  • Crews made solid progress on all fires today.
  • North Bay 62 was deemed under control this morning.
  • On North Bay 42, crews worked on the north side today and made good progress.
  • NOR 025 is also under control.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster

  • North Bay Fire 072 remains at 27,579 hectares and is listed as not under control.
  • A little bit of smoke was observed on the fire later in the afternoon and we anticipate that will increase over the next few days as the weather returns to seasonal values with temperatures reaching the mid to high 20’s.
  • Twelve pieces of heavy equipment are assigned to this fire
  • There are 11 helicopters assigned to this cluster.

Pembroke Fire Cluster

  • Good progress continues to be made on all fires in this cluster.
  • Pembroke 5 continues to exhibit minimal fire activity. Since yesterday this fire is being held at 37.5 hectares.
  • Pembroke 6 showed very little growth today. Crews are now fully established on the south, west and east flanks of this fire. Crews are still working to contain the 697 hectare fire.
  • Being held at 72.5 hectares, crews on Pembroke 7 are working towards the centre of this fire expanding the control line.
  • With excellent progress being made in difficult terrain, Algonquin Park 11 was upgraded to being held earlier today. It’s listed at 34.2 hectares

 

  • For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 511.
  • For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165
  • For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
  • For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext. 224
  • For inquiries about Grundy Lake Provincial Park closure: 705-383-2286 or 705-795-0803
  • For Parry Sound District information, including calls related travel restrictions or to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
  • For Sudbury District information, including calls related to travel restrictions or to the recommendation of evacuation alerts, call 705-564-7963.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation. A total of 556 firefighters and support staff are currently in the province.
    • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
    • Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Mexico is providing personnel.
    • Parks Canada is providing two ignition specialists.
  • Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.

Smoke concerns

  • Smoke from large fires across the region will be visible until fire activity is reduced and 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.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Travel restrictions are in place for parts of North Bay, Kirkland Lake, Sudbury, Pembroke and Parry Sound districts due to forest fires. For details, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONES

Restricted fire zone expanded to additional parts of the Northeast fire region (southern region)

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning, little precipitation and increased forest fire activity, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone to include parts of the Southern Region of Ontario as outlined on the interactive map.  This expansion of the current Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect as of 12:01 AM on July 24, and will remain in place until further notice.

  • The expanded Restricted Fire Zone now includes Zones 24, 25, & 26 which would include areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.
  • To date, the current MNRF Restricted Fire Zone covers Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, & 26 and restrictions will remain in place until further notice.  See the fire map for an outline of the zones covered.
  • During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
  • Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
  • Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions in the Outdoor Fires Regulation (207/96).

The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.

Fire numbers and online information

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ONForestFires / @ONFeudeforêt

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 27, 2018
Time of Report 23:59

  • By the evening of July 27 there were 43 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 13 are not yet under control, 30 are either being held, under control or being observed.
  • There was one new fire confirmed in the region today. North Bay 119, located 8km southwest of Latchford, was 0.1 hectares and is already out. A total of 3 fires were extinguished today.

Incident Management Teams

  • Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in three areas:
    • River Valley Cluster
    • Lady Evelyn Cluster
    • Parry Sound 33
    • Pembroke Cluster

River Valley Fire Cluster

  • This cluster includes two fires; North Bay 62 and North Bay 42.  Both fires are being held.  North Bay 25 is being monitored to the west of the cluster, which is now under control at 200 hectares.
  • There are 135 people working on these fires including firefighters from Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Mexico. 
  • Crews made solid progress on all fires in the cluster today. Crews worked on the south side of North Bay 42, and continued to work the perimeter on North Bay 62 while other crews continued to recover equipment from the fire.
  • Some smoke was visible on North Bay 25 and crews worked to extinguish hot spots. 

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster

  • The North Bay 72 fire remains at 27,579 hectares and is not yet under control. The fire was scanned from the air early in the morning. Infrared scanning identifies areas that are holding heat so FireRangers can walk the fire and extinguish the hot spots.
  • The Incident Management Team assigned to this cluster continues to observe North Bay fires 18, 19, 46, 59 and 61. These fires will also be scanned using infrared technology in the coming days.

Pembroke Fire Cluster

  • Today was a productive day on all fires in this cluster

Pembroke 5:

  • This fire showed little to no fire activity today and is now being held at 37.5 hectares

Pembroke 6:

  • Listed at 697 hectares and not under control, crews made good progress on the fire line today. Crews will be utilizing fire engines and water bladders to aid with water supply on the fire line.
  • This fire has ten 4 person crews and 20 Mexican firefighters working to contain it.

Pembroke 7:

  • This fire is being held at 72.5 hectares
  • There was very little fire activity today and crews will be utilizing infrared scanning in the days to come in order to find hot spot targets to extinguish.

 

Algonquin Park 11:

 

  • Crews are making good progress on this fire listed at 34.2 hectares and not under control.
  • Crews are utilizing larger sized hose (2.5 inch) to aid with water delivery on the fire line in very difficult terrain

Parry Sound 33

  • Parry Sound 33 Forest Fire is 7,297 hectares in size. Due to southwest winds, the northeast side is the most active part of the fire.
  • The Northeast side of the fire is the focus for MNRF water bombers and helicopter bucketing as it is closest to the rail line and populated areas. There has been minimal growth on the southwest end of the fire.
  • The southwest winds are expected to continue tomorrow possibly bringing heavy smoke conditions periodically into surrounding communities and along highway 69. The fire is approximately seven kilometres west of highway 69 and three kilometres south of the Pickerel River.
  • Aerial ignition on the northwest portion of the fire was a success and connected the fire’s edge into Fox Lake and Fox Creek.
  • Wildfire crews continue to make excellent progress around the southwest side of the perimeter by laying hose lines and actively attacking hot spots on the Key Harbour. That area is protected nicely and MNRF does not expect any movement in that area over the next few days. Please keep in mind that at this time the fire is still classified as not being under control.

 

  • For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 511.
  • For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165
  • For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
  • For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext. 224
  • For inquiries about Grundy Lake Provincial Park closure: 705-383-2286 or 705-795-0803
  • For Parry Sound District information, including calls related travel restrictions or to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
  • For Sudbury District information, including calls related to travel restrictions or to the recommendation of evacuation alerts, call 705-564-7963.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.
    • Alberta is providing personnel (155), equipment and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing personnel (38) and equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel (8) and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel (47), equipment and aircraft.
    • Nova Scotia is providing personnel (22) and equipment.
    • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel (4).
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel (50) and aircraft.
    • Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel (35).
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel (8).
    • Mexico is providing personnel (206).
    • Parks Canada is providing two ignition specialists.
  • Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.

Smoke concerns

  • Smoke from Parry Sound 33 was reported as far northeast as the Quebec border to information officers today. The wind conditions will be similar tomorrow along with smoke drift.
  • 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
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ONForestFires / @ONFeudeforêt

Report Prepared by the AFFES Communications Team

 

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 26, 2018
Time of Report 23:55

Regional Fire Situation – July 26, 2018

By the evening of July 26 there were 45 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 15 are not yet under control, 30 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were no new fires confirmed in the region today.

Pembroke 5, 6, and 7

  • Fire activity on the Pembroke fires was minimal again today. Pembroke 5, south of Grant’s Creek, is 37.5 hectares in size and has shown no growth. Pembroke 6 has twenty-four firefighters assigned and covers 697 hectares. Pembroke 7 which runs parallel to Highway 17 is now being held at 72.5 hectares.
  • Values protection continues.

Incident Management Teams

  • Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in three areas:
    • River Valley Cluster
    • Lady Evelyn Cluster
    • Parry Sound 33

River Valley Fire Cluster:

This cluster includes two fires; North Bay 62 and North Bay 42.  Both fires are being held.  We are monitoring North Bay 25 to the west of the cluster, which is now under control.

There are 154 people working on these fires including firefighters from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Mexico.

Crews took advantage of the cooler, dry day to make solid progress on all fires.  On North Bay 42, crews continued to secure the perimeter on the north side as well as working on hot spots on the west side.  For North Bay 62, crews continued to work the perimeter of the fire while some crews began to recover equipment from the fire.

Crews completed removal of sprinkler protection from all structures.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

North Bay 72 remains at 27,579 hectares and is listed as not under control. However, the overcast skies and wet weather of late has allowed firefighters to consolidate hose lines along the perimeter. While there is much work still to be done, progress is being made daily.

Front line staff continue to work with heavy equipment operators to establish dozer guards in areas where this type of suppression is suitable. This goes a long way to secure the perimeter of the fire.

The Incident Management Team continues to observe North Bay 18, 19, 46, 59 and 61. While these fires have been quiet, they are not considered out.

(A group of fire crews assigned to the Lady Evelyn Cluster pictured here at the Earlton Airport, by Lynn Daina)

Currently there are 10 helicopters assigned to this cluster.

Transitioning of staff is ongoing as personnel depart for their home locations and new staff arrive. Crews arrived from northwestern Ontario today and more are expected from Saskatchewan tomorrow.

We continue to have firefighters from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Mexico work on this cluster.

Parry Sound 33

  • Parry Sound 33 is currently estimated at 6,760 ha and is still listed as not under control.
  • There was minimal growth on the north, the west and the south end of the fire today.
  • The implementation order and all access restrictions, including water access restrictions, remain in place.
  • The southwest winds are expected to continue tomorrow, possibly gusting to 30 – 40 km/h.
  • There is minimal precipitation in the forecast.
  • Crews continue to make excellent progress around the southwest side of the perimeter, laying hose and working hotspots north and south of Key Harbour.
  • Today’s focus was on the north and east flank of the fire, which were once again active due to sustained southern and southwesterly winds.
  • The fire did put on some growth along the east flank, with one area of the fire crossing both Tower Lake and impacting the CN rail in one location.
  • Continued growth is expected on the northeast flank tomorrow.
  • Waterbombers and helicopters worked most of the day halting or slowing fire spread.
  • Values protection (sprinklers) continued to be placed along the Pickerel River, and began in Henvey Inlet as a precautionary measure.
  • In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:
    • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.
  • There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.
  • In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.
  • Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).
  • Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure.  As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodations and food.
  • For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165
  • For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
  • For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext. 224
  • For Parry Sound District information, including calls related travel restrictions or to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
  • For Sudbury District information, including calls related to travel restrictions or to the recommendation of evacuation alerts, call 705-564-7963.
  • For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.
    • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
    • Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Mexico is providing personnel.
  • Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Travel restrictions are in place for parts of North Bay, Kirkland Lake, Sudbury, Pembroke and Parry Sound districts due to forest fires. For details, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONES

Restricted fire zone expanded to additional parts of the Northeast fire region (southern region)

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning, little precipitation and increased forest fire activity, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone to include parts of the Southern Region of Ontario as outlined on the interactive map.  This expansion of the current Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect as of 12:01 AM on July 24, and will remain in place until further notice.

  • The expanded Restricted Fire Zone now includes Zones 24, 25, & 26 which would include areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.
  • To date, the current MNRF Restricted Fire Zone covers Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, & 26 and restrictions will remain in place until further notice.  See the fire map for an outline of the zones covered.
  • During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
  • Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
  • Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions in the Outdoor Fires Regulation (207/96).

The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.

Smoke Concerns

  • Smoke continues to be visible on Highway 69.

(Photo of smoke along Highway 69 near Parry Sound 33, captured by Tanya Kienapple)

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a number of fires remain active throughout the northeast region until weather patterns and fire activity 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

 

Travel Restrictions

Restricted Fire Zones

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning, little precipitation and increased forest fire activity, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone to include parts of the Southern Region of Ontario as outlined on the interactive map.  This expansion of the current Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect as of 12:01 AM on July 24, and will remain in place until further notice.

  • The expanded Restricted Fire Zone now includes Zones 24, 25, & 26 which would include areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.
  • To date, the current MNRF Restricted Fire Zone covers Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, & 26 and restrictions will remain in place until further notice.  See the fire map for an outline of the zones covered.
  • During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
  • Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
  • Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions in the Outdoor Fires Regulation (207/96).

The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.

WILDFIRE UPDATES

Northeast Region 

Regional Fire Situation – July 25, 2018

By the evening of July 25 there were 50 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 16 are not yet under control, 34 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were two new fires confirmed in the region today. Hearst 14, located approximately 42km south of Hearst, is 2 hectares and not yet under control. Two crews provided initial attack on the fire with aerial suppression support. Wawa 11 is being held at 0.1 hectares 75km southeast of Longlac.

Pembroke 5, 6, and 7

  • Fire activity on the Pembroke fires was minimal today. Pembroke 5, south of Grant’s Creek, is 37.5 hectares in size. Pembroke 6 and is burning at 697 hectares. Pembroke 7 runs parallel to Highway 17 and covers approximately 45 hectares. The status of these fires is still not under control.
  • Values protection continues.

Incident Management Teams

  • Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in three areas:
    • River Valley Cluster
    • Lady Evelyn Cluster
    • Parry Sound 33

River Valley Fire Cluster:

  • North Bay 42 is located north of Red Cedar Lake and is 350 hectares in size. North Bay 62 is located southwest of Hand Lake at 2,500 hectares. Both fires are now being held, meaning that the fires are not expected to spread under current conditions.
  • Fire behavior was relatively quiet today.  Crews took advantage of the dry weather to extinguish hot spots and smokes that popped up this afternoon.  The fires received about 65 mm of precipitation over the past 72 hours.
  • Crews completed removal of sprinkler protection from structures on Red Cedar Lake and started on Thistle Lake.  This work will continue tomorrow.
  • North Bay 25, west of the cluster, continues to be monitored at about 200 hectares.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

  • The North Bay 72 fire remains at 27,579 hectares and is not yet under control. There are 265 firefighters and support staff and 12 helicopters assigned to this cluster. All resources were assigned to North Bay 72 today. Sprinklers continue to be monitored on values at Mendelssohn Lake, Skull Lake and Cook Lake. Crews continue to make good progress securing the northeast corner with hose line and heavy equipment began operations on the north edge of the fire perimeter.
  • The team continues to observe North Bay 18, 19, 46, 59 and 61.

Parry Sound 33

  • Parry Sound 33 required aerial fire suppression again today as fire activity increased. Stronger, warmer and drier lake effect winds than had been forecasted came from the southwest contributing to the increased activity. As a result, smoke was pushed across Highway 69 and into some communities to the east of the fire.
  • Resources on this fire included CL415 water bombers, two bird dog aircraft, heavy helicopters T802 amphibious aircraft and ground crews today. Values protection continues.
  • Additional crews from Mexico arrived on the fire today, bringing the total number of firefighters helping to suppress the fire to 90.
  • Values protection (sprinklers) will continue to be put in place on structures along the Pickerel River tomorrow.
  • Given the unpredictability of the fire, all access restrictions, including water restrictions, remain in place for the foreseeable future.
  • In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:
    • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.
  • There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.
  • In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.
  • Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).
  • Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure.  As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.
  • For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165
  • For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
  • For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224
  • For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
  • For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

  • Fire activity has proven more manageable on fires in the Temagami cluster with all active fires in this cluster now classified as either being held or under control.

Resources From Out of Province

  • Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.
    • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
    • Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Mexico is providing personnel.
  • Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.

Smoke Concerns

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a number of fires remain active throughout the northeast region until weather patterns and fire activity 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

 

Northwest Region – Regional fire situation – July 25, 2018

There were two new fires in the Northwest Region by the mid-afternoon of July 25.

  • Nipigon Fire 46 is located 28 kilometres southeast of Geraldton near Gallander Lake. At 0.2 hectares, this lightning-caused fire was not under control at the time of this post.
  • Dryden Fire 25 was a short-lived 0.1 hectare fire near the CP rail line at Feist Lake. The fire has been declared out.

At the moment there are 70 active fires, 63 of which are under observation, being held, or under control.

Rainfall across the far north has resulted in a low hazard that extends as far south as Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the Red Lake District where a cluster of large fires are burning under observation. Pockets of moderate hazard exist in the Kenora and Sioux Lookout Districts giving way to a high hazard that dominates the southern portion of the region encompassing Dryden, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and the southern portion of the Nipigon District.

Wabaseemoong

  • Following improved air quality, the 70-80 vulnerable evacuated persons (children, elders and those with respiratory problems) have returned to Wabaseemoong Independent Nation.
  • Kenora Fire 71 is located approximately 23 kilometres north of the community and is not a direct threat to the community at this time.

Emergency area order for Kenora fire 71

  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public of an Emergency Area Order for the area around Kenora Fire 71 to ensure public safety. As a result, the order restricts travel on Werner Lake Rd. as well as Crown land use and travel within the boundaries of the EAO.

Kenora 71 update

  • The fire has been remapped at 10,887 hectares following successful aerial ignition to bring the fire to natural boundaries. The base camp at Minaki is operational to support operations on the fire. Heavy bucket helicopters continue supporting crews consolidating lines on the fire. 160 firefighters have been committed to this fire and are making good progress following rain on the fire. Crews continue to maintain sprinkler systems on structures in the vicinity of the fire.

Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

  • Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travellers. Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes. You can find more details here.

Fire hazard in the northwest region

  • The forest fire hazard is high in the southern portions of the region and Nipigon district. The northern portions of the region have a moderate forest fire hazard.

 


Jul 25, 2018 @ 23:11

MNRF PARRY SOUND FIRE 33

(HENVEY INLET, ON) – In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

Until fire crews are able to secure the entire perimeter of the fire, the area restriction, including the water access restriction will stay in place. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) resources from throughout the North East Region are assisting the West Parry Sound and Sudbury Detachments with evacuations and public safety.

The OPP appreciates the cooperation of the public in ensuring successful and safe evacuations.

 

The following communities have declared a state of emergency:

•        Municipality of Killarney

•        Municipality of French River

•        Henvey Inlet First Nation

 

The MNRF is asking that residents remain vigilant and respect the Restricted Fire Zone in effect.

A Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) for much of the Northeast Region was originally imposed by MNRF on July 7 at 00:01. This RFZ has now been expanded to include areas to the south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.

The cause of the fire is not known, and is being investigated by the MNRF.

The top priority for the OPP and other agencies involved is to ensure public safety. Forest fires are unpredictable and their size and movement can be affected by a number of factors in a short period of time.

People travelling along highway 69 in the Key River and Henvey Inlet area may experience smoke along the highway. Please drive accordingly.

For Information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts: 705-773-4218 or 705-564-7963

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1

 

Jul 25, 2018 @ 21:20

Finlayson Point Provincial Park will be re-opening on July 30. The risk from nearby forest fires has been resolved by our amazing fire crews and pilots. Reservations are open now for July 30 to September 23.

The five Temagami backcountry parks (Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Solace, Makobe-Grays, Sturgeon River) will remain closed until at least August 19th.

 

Jul 25, 2018 @ 08:42

Regional Fire Situation – July 24, 2018

By the evening of July 24 there were 55 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 17 are not yet under control, 38 are either being held, under control or being observed.

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE EXPANDED

Restricted fire zone expanded to additional parts of the Northeast fire region (southern region)

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning, little precipitation and increased forest fire, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone to include some areas located south of the French River.  This expansion of the current Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect as of 12:01 AM on July 24th, and remain in place until further notice.

  • The expanded Restricted Fire Zone now includes Zones 24, 25, & 26 which would include areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.
  • To date, the current MNRF Restricted Fire Zone covers Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, & 26 and restrictions will remain in place until further notice.  See the fire map for an outline of the zones covered.
  • During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris, is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
  • Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
  • Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions in the Outdoor Fires Regulation (207/96).

The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 is a fire that is approximately 5,612 ha in size and is currently listed as not under control. There was no growth today on the fire.

With high humidity and scattered showers, the fire remained quiet today. This allowed ground crews to aggressively establish hose lines south and north of Key Harbour on the west side of the fire and north of the Key River on the east side of the fire. As well, lines were established from the northern tip of the fire around the northeast corner.

 

We expect the fire to remain relatively quiet over the next two days; however fire conditions and behaviour can change quickly. Crews continue to monitor weather and fire behaviour closely. Residents will see smoke in the area as crews continue suppression efforts.

 

Values protection has been put in place in Key Harbour, along parts of the south side of Pickerel River and along a portion of the train tracks to the east of the fire.

A total of 8 helicopters worked the fire today.

We ask that residents remain vigilant and respect the Restricted Fire Zone prohibiting all open fires in areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.

In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure.  As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165

For media inquiries: 705-564-6156

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

Pembroke 5, 6, and 7

No aerial fire suppression was required on these fires today.

Pembroke 5, south of Grant’s Creek, is 37.5 hectares in size. Pembroke 6 and is burning at 697 hectares. Pembroke 7 runs parallel to Highway 17 and was remapped to 45 hectares. The status of these fires is still not under control.

Values protection continues.

Incident Management Teams

  • Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in three areas:
    • River Valley Cluster
    • Lake Temagami Cluster
    • Lady Evelyn Cluster
  • An IMT is also being assigned to Parry Sound 33 in the coming days.

River Valley Fire Cluster:

This cluster includes two fires; North Bay 62 and North Bay 42.  Both fires are now being held.  We are monitoring North Bay 25.

There are 138 people working on these fires including fire fighters from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Mexico.

Fire behavior was relatively quiet today due to the rain, increased cloud cover and higher humidity levels. Fires received about 50 mm of precipitation over the past 48 hours.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

There are 45 firefighters, with 6 helicopters working on fires in the Temagami cluster.

Due to the rain received in the area, fire activity was reduced greatly on all fires within the Temagami Cluster. These conditions made for another great working day for firefighters, as they are able to get into hotspot areas safely.

 

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

The fire remains at 27,579 hectares. 253 firefighters and support staff, 11 helicopters are assigned to this cluster. All resources were assigned to North Bay 72 today. The team continues to observe North Bay 59 and has assumed the responsibility for North Bay fires 18, 19, 46, 59 and 61.

 

Resources From Out of Province

Forest firefighters camp out near fire North Bay 72 in the Lady Evelyn Cluster. Photo by Adam Nissen,

Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.

  • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
  • British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
  • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
  • Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
  • Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
  • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
  • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
  • Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
  • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
  • Mexico is providing personnel.
  • Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days, including ignition specialists from Parks Canada.

Firefighters from Mexico prepare to be transported to the fireline of North Bay 72 today in the Lady Evelyn Cluster.  Photo captured by Damon Hibbard.

Smoke Concerns

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a number of fires remain active throughout the northeast region until weather patterns and fire activity 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

 

Jul 24, 2018 @ 07:42

Due to the extreme fire hazard and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone in effect to include some areas of the Southern Region. The new zone includes areas north of the community of Rosseau, northwest to Caramat, over to the Quebec border along Hwy 11 (to north of Abitibi Canyon) and southeast to Renfrew. This includes Algonquin Park, Parry Sound, Lake Superior Provincial Park, the North Shore of Lake Huron, Wawa, and Hearst.

By the evening of July 23rd, there were 55 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 21 are not yet under control, 34 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There was only one new start in the region today. Sudbury 92 located near Johnnie Lake in Killarney Provincial Park covers 0.1 of a hectare and is already under control.

Cochrane 14 saw significant fire activity today, it grew to 4,899 hectares. Values protection is underway in the area of this fire, which is not yet under control.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 saw aerial fire suppression again today. CL415s dropped water on the fire which was remapped at 5,612 hectares. Three heavy helicopters bucketed water to reduce the fire’s intensity and coordinated with ground crews. Values protection continues.

In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure.  As of July 22, the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF PARRY SOUND AND SUDBURY DISTRICTS DUE TO FOREST FIRES

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 21, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Parry Sound District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity from Parry Sound #033.

The Order restricts travel, access and use in an identified area (see attached map below) and may be modified regularly to reflect changing fire conditions.

This measure has been put in place to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area.

All travel and use on the French River waterway, Pickerel River (West of Hwy 69/400), Henvey Inlet, Key River basin, and all associated tributaries that access these river systems, including all access from Georgian Bay, and all islands on Georgian Bay within the French River Provincial Park boundaries, Dokis Island system, and Puddick island and all islands north of Henvey Inlet near shore is prohibited.

All access roads west of Hwy 69/400, from Henvey Inlet north to the French River area are closed.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call to 705-746-4201 to request a travel authorization permit.  MNRF will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

See the map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

Pembroke 5, 6, and 7

Pembroke 5, south of Grant’s Creek, is 37.5 hectares in size. Pembroke 6 and is burning at 697 hectares. Pembroke 7 runs parallel to Highway 17 and covers approximately 90 hectares. The status of these fires is still not under control.

Values protection continues.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF PEMBROKE DISTRICT DUE TO FOREST FIRES

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 21, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Pembroke District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity from Pembroke #005, 006, 007, and 008.

The Order restricts travel, access and use in an identified area (see attached map below) and may be modified regularly to reflect changing fire conditions.

This measure has been put in place to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area.

All travel and use of Crown lands located in the Geographic Township of Maria (Pembroke District) is restricted.

All travel and use of Menet Lake Road, Deux Rivieres Creek Road and Deermeadow Lake Road.  All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of the described closed roads is also prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call 613-732-3661 to request a travel authorization permit.  MNRF will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

See the map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

 

Incident Management Teams

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

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

An IMT is also being assigned to Parry Sound 33 in the coming days.

River Valley Fire Cluster:

North Bay 62 and North Bay 42.  Both fires changed status to Being Held this afternoon.  We are monitoring North Bay 25.

There are 139 people working on these fires including fire fighters from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Mexico.

Fire behavior was relatively quiet today due to the rain, with some smoke, smouldering, and minimal open flame.  Fires received between 30 to 35 ml of precipitation.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

There are 45 firefighters, with 6 helicopters working on fires in the Temagami cluster.

Due to the rain received in the area, fire activity was reduced greatly on all fires within the Temagami Cluster. These conditions made for a great working day for firefighters, as they are able to get into hotspot areas safely. Crews continue to patrol and mop up: North Bay 55, 56, 68 and 69. Firefighters continue to monitor: North Bay 18, 19, 46, 47, 61 and action priority areas with heli-buckets.

Value protection systems remain on North Bay 55, 56, and 47.

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

An aerial view of North Bay 72 in the Lady Evelyn Cluster this past weekend, photo captured by Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ Damon Hibbard.

 

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

The fire is now 27,579 hectares. 238 firefighters and support staff and 11 helicopters are assigned to North Bay 72. The team continues to observe North Bay 59.

Rain brought welcome relief to the fire today allowing crews to regroup from yesterday’s extreme day. The northeast portion of the fire received between 8 and 13 mm, the southwest portion received 25 to 31 mm and the northern portion between 11 and 20 mm of rain.

Crews will continue to work hose lines on the perimeter of the fire.

Sprinklers continue to run on values on Mendelssohn Lake, Skull Lake and Cook Lake.

We currently have firefighters from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories and Mexico.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF NORTH BAY, KIRKLAND LAKE, AND SUDBURY DISTRICTS DUE TO FOREST FIRES

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 21, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Pembroke District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity.

The Order restricts travel, access and use in an identified area (see attached map below) and may be modified regularly to reflect changing fire conditions.

This measure has been put in place to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area.

  • All travel and use of the following roads are prohibited:
  • McLaren’s Road
  • Gibbons Road
  • Baie-Jeanne Road
  • South Pardo Road
  • Beauty Lake Road
  • St. Joseph’s Road
  • George Gordon and Iron Lake Road
  • Cooke Lake Road
  • Liskeard Lumber Road
  • Klock Lake Road
  • Crane Lake Road
  • Roadhouse Tower Road
  • Indian Bay Road
  • Mountain Lake Road
  • Goulard Road starting at Lower Goose Falls

All modes of travel/access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks, and all Crown lands is prohibited.

Use of the Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate is prohibited.

All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of all described closed roads is prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call North Bay District at 705-475-5546 (8:30am to 4:30pm) or Kirkland Lake District at 705-568-3240 (8:30am to 4:30pm) to request a travel authorization permit.  For requesting access to Red Squirrel Lake Road, please call North Bay District. MNRF will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

See the map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

Resources From Out of Province

  • Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.
    • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
    • Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
    • Minnesota is providing personnel.
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Mexico is providing personnel.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a number of fires remain active throughout the northeast region until weather patterns and fire activity 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

 


Jul 23, 2018 @ 18:21

Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions are used to restrict travel, access and use in an identified area and may be modified regularly to reflect changing fire conditions.

This measure has been put in place to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call North Bay District at 705-475-5546 (8:30am to 4:30pm) or Kirkland Lake District at 705-568-3240 (8:30am to 4:30pm) to request a travel authorization permit.  For requesting access to Red Squirrel Lake Road, please call North Bay District. MNRF will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

 

Travel Restrictions – Parry Sound Area All travel and use on the French River waterway, Pickerel River (West of Hwy 69/400), Henvey Inlet, Key River basin, and all associated tributaries that access these river systems, including all access from Georgian Bay, and all islands on Georgian Bay within the French River Provincial Park boundaries, Dokis Island system, and Puddick island and all islands north of Henvey Inlet near shore is prohibited. All access roads west of Hwy 69/400, from Henvey Inlet north to the French River area are closed.

 

Pembroke
All travel and use of Crown lands located in the Geographic Township of Maria (Pembroke District) is restricted.
All travel and use of Menet Lake Road, Deux Rivieres Creek Road and Deermeadow Lake Road.  All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of the described closed roads is also prohibited.

 

Kenora
All travel and use of the Werner Lake Road from the Manitoba border eastward to the end of the road is prohibited.
All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of the described closed roads above within this area is also prohibited.

Parts of North Bay, Kirkland Lake, and Sudbury Districts All travel and use of the following roads are prohibited: McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, Beauty Lake Road, St. Joseph’s Road, George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Cooke Lake Road, Liskeard Lumber Road Klock Lake Road, Crane Lake Road, Roadhouse Tower Road, Indian Bay Road, Mountain Lake Road, Goulard Road starting at Lower Goose Falls All modes of travel/access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks, and all Crown lands is prohibited. Use of the Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Barmac Gate is prohibited. All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of all described closed roads is prohibited.

 

July 23, 2018 @ 17:36

Mapping showing the extent of the fire.

In comparison is May 2010’s Wawa 18.

Jul 23, 2018 @ 06:49

 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation
Northeast Fire Region
July 22, 2018
Time of Report 23:55

By the evening of July 22 there were 60 active forest fires across the Northeast. Of these, 28 are not yet under control, 32 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Implementation orders for travel restrictions

Travel restrictions due to active forest fires are being updated in the North Bay district, and imposed in the Pembroke and Parry Sound districts. Information will be updated on Ontario.ca/forestfire Monday.

Three new fires in the Cochrane sector

Three new fires in the Cochrane area (20, 21, 22) are being observed approximately 100km south-southwest of Moosonee to allow for the natural benefits of fire on the landscape.

Recently confirmed fires required aerial fire suppression today

Kirkland Lake 15, near the junction of highways 65 and 66, was mapped at 3 hectares and is not yet under control. CL415 water bombers provided aerial suppression on the fire to help reduce its intensity.

North Bay 116, which was discovered yesterday and covers 5.5 hectares, is located approximately 9km west of Latchford. That fire received aerial suppression from CL415 water bombers yesterday and today.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 was very active once again today. The fire will be remapped as soon as smoke conditions permit.

 

Since it was discovered on July 18, significant aerial fire suppression from CL415 water bombers and helicopter bucketing has taken place. Waterbombers continued to provide aerial suppression on the fire today to help reduce the intensity of the fire and support crews on the ground.

Smoke was noted in many surrounding areas. In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure.  As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

Pembroke 5, 6, 7 and 8

Pembroke 5, south of Grant’s Creek, is 24 hectares in size. Pembroke fires 6 and 8, the two closest to the Algonquin Park border, have merged and are now burning at an estimated 800 hectares. Pembroke 7 runs parallel to Highway 17 and covers approximately 40 hectares.

The status of these fires is still not under control.

Values protection measures (sprinklers on structures) are being undertaken in areas in close proximity to the fires.

Sudbury 83

Sudbury 83 is located approximately 12 km north of the City of Greater Sudbury and currently listed at 53 hectares and not yet under control. This was the first day since the start of the fire on July 19 that air attack was not required to help hold the fire.

Incident Management Teams

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

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

River Valley Fire Cluster:

Fire behavior was relatively quiet today and both North Bay 62 and North Bay 42 had no significant growth.

There was smoke visible on both fires, from flare ups, hot spots, and wind driven surface fire, but the perimeters were quiet.  Helicopters with buckets worked the active areas and crews continued to cut line and pull hose.

This cluster is now monitoring North Bay 25, which is about 200 hectares in size and located in Sturgeon River Provincial Park.

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Fires in the Temagami cluster are receiving active fire suppression from 45 firefighters, with aerial support from six bucketing helicopters.

Due to the hot and dry weather there was some activity on fires in the north part of the cluster again today. Crews continue to patrol and mop up on North Bay fire numbers 55, 56, 68 and 69. Firefighters continue to monitor North Bay fire numbers 18, 19, 46, 47 and 61 and action priority areas with helicopter bucketing and CL415 water bombers.

Value protection systems (sprinklers on structures) remain on North Bay fires 55 and 56; and were added to North Bay 47.

North Bay 69, which previously caused the evacuation of 20 homes in the Temagami area, is now under control. Firefighters continue to focus on working their way deep into the interior of the fire to check for hot spots.

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

Gusty winds out of the northeast, coupled with high temperatures and low relative humidity produced extreme fire behaviour today. 238 firefighters and support staff and 11 helicopters were assigned to North Bay 72.

Four CL415 Waterbombers and two bird dogs were dispatched to assist with suppression efforts on North Bay 72. North Bay 59 continues to be monitored.

Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto this fire, coordinating with crews on the ground.

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, two information officers and nine additional support staff. There are also three air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment, such as pumps and hose.
  • British Columbia has supplied 20 3-person initial attack crews, two 19-person sustained attack crews and two agency representatives. Fire suppression equipment is also being provided, including hose, pumps and axes.
  • 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 crews.
  • Northwest Territories has supplied 11 4-person initial attack crews, two agency representatives and four 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.
  • Mexico has supplied 104 personnel, including five 20-person sustained attack crews, two agency representatives and two strike team leaders.

Firefighting equipment

  • Alberta has provided 960 lengths of 1.5” hose, 50 power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, fuel containers, and 100 additional fuel containers. They have also provided 201 shovels, 50 pulaskis and 30 chest coolers.
  • 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.
  • The Northwest Territories has sent 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to Ontario.
  • Nova Scotia has sent 25 power pump kits, tool kits, intake hose and fuel containers.
  • Newfoundland has provided 25 power pump kits, with pump, tool kit, intake hose and fuel containers; and 440 lengths of 1.5” hose.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a number of fires remain active throughout the northeast region until weather patterns and fire activity 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

Jul 22, 2018 @ 21:16

Fire Continues to Spread

(HENVEY INLET, ON) -On July 20, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m.  the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) recommended that the community of Key Harbour impose a mandatory evacuation of its residents (on the south side of the Key River); and recommended that the municipality of Killarney impose a mandatory evacuation for its residents (on the north side of the Key River – SOUTH of French River Provincial Park), members of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began assisting with the evacuation.

On July 21, 2018 – OPP also assisted with further evacuations after the MNRF’s Parry Sound District recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

On July 22, 2018 – MNRF updates indicate that the fire has now spread to approximately 5000 hectares and is not yet under control. All road access properties in these areas are now under a 12 hour notice of evacuation order. A significant amount of smoke continues along Highway 69 south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park.

OPP has assisted with the evacuation of the Village of Henvey Inlet First Nation and community members have been evacuated to either Sudbury or Parry Sound.

*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 Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) at (705) 564-6165.

The top priority for the OPP and other agencies involved is to ensure public safety

Forest fires are unpredictable and their size and movement can be affected by a number of factors in a short period of time.

 


Jul 22, 2018 @ 6:47

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation
Northeast Fire Region
July 21, 2018
Time of Report 23:53

By the evening of July 21 there were 64 active forest fires across the Northeast. Of these, 29 are not yet under control, 35 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Seven of the new fires confirmed today remain active at the time of this update.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 was very active once again today. Fire crews continued to coordinate fire suppression work with bucketing helicopters and to set-up values protection (sprinklers on structures) in the area. Five CL415 waterbombers worked together with a lead birddog aircraft to drop water on the forest fire. An Incident Management Team will be deployed to this fire in the coming days.

Smoke was noted in many surrounding areas. In the interest of public safety, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended earlier today that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose anevacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers are currently on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated.

For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165.

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-774-4218.

Pembroke 5, 6, 7 and 8

These fires once again prompted the Ontario Provincial Police to close Highway 17 due to smoke and reduced visibility for a short time today. They are now sized as follows: Pembroke 5 covers 24.2 hectares, Pembroke 7 covers 40 hectares, and it was confirmed today that Pembroke 6 and 8 which covered 180 and 20 hectares respectively have now merged into one fire. A total of two Twin Otters and four CL415 waterbombers took turns dropping water on these fires in order to reduce the fire intensity.

Bancroft 18

To the west of Bon Echo Provincial Park is a 6 hectare lightning-caused forest fire that required aerial fire suppression from two Twin Otters and one CL415 waterbomber. A newly confirmed fire, Peterborough 4, to the south of Bon Echo Provincial Park is being held tonight at 0.8 of a hectare.

Cochrane 8

This lightning-caused fire was remapped this morning at 130 hectares. Not yet under control, it required air support on July 20th. It has six crews assigned, a helicopter and heavy equipment committed.

Incident Management Teams

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

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

River Valley Fire Cluster:

There are 167 people working on the two fires in this cluster, including 42 firefighters from Mexico that arrived this afternoon in River Valley.

North Bay 62, a 2,500 hectare fire southwest of Hand Lake, is still not under control. The northeast section and the west side of the fire were quite active. However, crews worked to strengthen the line and extinguishing hotspots. The fire did not experience significant growth.

Helicopters continued to bucket water on the east side of North Bay 42, a 350 hectare fire north of Red Cedar Lake. Crews made good progress on this fire, which had no significant growth.

Burned area in the River Valley Cluster, photo captured by Leslie Lozinski.

 

Temagami Fire Cluster:

Due to the recent hot and dry weather there was some activity on fires on the north side of the Temagami cluster. Crews continue to patrol and mop up: North Bay 55, 56, 68 and 69. Firefighters also continue to monitor: North Bay 18, 19, 46, 47 and 61 and action priority areas with helicopter bucketing.

Value protection systems remain on North Bay 55 and 56, and have been removed from North Bay 68 and 69.

North Bay 69, which had previously caused the evacuation of 20 homes in the Temagami area, is now under control.

View of North Bay 72 from the Temagami Lake area – captured by Victoria Ostendorf.

 

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:

Yesterday brought extreme fire behaviour and burning conditions and North Bay 72 grew to 21,516 hectares. Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto this fire, coordinating with crews on the ground.

Fire behaviour was active again today with high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds. Crews continue to establish hose line and work the fire’s edge. There was moderate growth on the perimeter of the fire with interior green islands burning as well. Value protection systems continue to run on values on Mendelssohn Lake, Skull Lake and Cook Lake.

The team is continuing to observe North Bay 59.

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, two information officers and 9 additional support staff. There are also three 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 two 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 eight 4 person initial attack crews, three 3 person crews, two agency representatives and four 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.
  • 104 people from Mexico have now arrived in Sudbury today, this includes five 20 person crews, two agency representatives and two strike team leaders.

Firefighting equipment

  • 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, and 100 additional fuel containers. They’ve also provided 201 shovels, 50 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.

More out-of-province resources headed to Ontario

We are expecting more firefighting personnel to arrive in Ontario to assist with the forest fire situation: 21 people from Saskatchewan and 59 people from Alberta are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

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 will continue to suppress this fire tomorrow. It is expected that this 4,841 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

Jul 21, 2018 @ 23:16

 

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:50 PM

(HENVEY INLET, ON) -On July 20, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m. After the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) recommended that the community of Key Harbour impose a mandatory evacuation of its residents (on the south side of the Key River); and recommended that the municipality of Killarney impose a mandatory evacuation for its residents (on the north side of the Key River – SOUTH of French River Provincial Park), members of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began assisting with the evacuation.

On July 21, 2018 – OPP also assisted with further evacuations after the MNRF’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

The MNRF has also recommended that those communities in this same area who’s residents have road access to their homes and cottages be placed on an evacuation alert, pending any changes to the fire situation. It was also recommended that residents of Hartley Bay Road be placed on evacuation alert as well. For details about these recommendations, consult Ontario.ca/forestfire.

OPP are also assisting the Henvey Inlet First Nation with an evacuation of their village.

*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.


Gogama Fire Department

Jul 21, 2018 @ 16:50

-SMOKE ADVISORY-
There is no word yet on when the smoke will dissipate. The smell of smoke is still heavy, as is the haze. If you have any health problems, please take precautions while the smoke is in town, as it can affect people with asthma and other breathing issues. We would like to remind everyone that the burning ban is still in place!

 

 

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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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