On the afternoon of August 21, there are 35 active forest fires across the Northeast. Of these, only 1 fire is not yet under control. The remaining 34 fires are either being held, under control or being observed. One new fire was confirmed today, at the time of this update:
- Sudbury 117 covers 0.1 of a hectare and is located approximately 2.5 km west of Wolseley Bay.
Parry Sound 33
- This fire is being held at 11,362 hectares.
- To find an updated map of current travel restrictions visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.
- Although the fire perimeter remains restricted, waterway and road restrictions were lifted effective 18:00 (6:00pm) on August 15, 2018.
- The fire perimeter will remain restricted for quite some time.
- There is still a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) in place over the fire for aircraft.
- Forest fire fighters on the ground continue to action the remaining hot spots in a coordinated and prioritized manner.
- For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 511.
- For information about the fire situation: 1-888-220-7242
- For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
- For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext. 224
- For Parry Sound District information, call 1-888-220-7242
For Sudbury District information, call 1-888-220-7242
Resources From Out of Province
- Ontario is receiving support from across Canada to assist with the fire situation, in the form of equipment. All out of province forest firefighters have now left the province, as of today. The following provinces and territories are providing equipment:
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
Restricted Fire Zone in Effect
A restricted fire zone remains in effect in areas north of Rosseau, northwest to Espanola and Cartier, over to the Quebec border including Temagami and Mattawa north of the Mattawa River. This includes Parry Sound, Burk’s Falls, Powassan, North Bay and Greater Sudbury. For a visual representation of the affected areas please visit our interactive map Ontario.ca/forestfire.
If you live in an area outside the adjusted Restricted Fire Zone, be sure before you burn to check with your local municipality to ensure there’s no fire ban issued in your area. We’d also like to remind the public to take extra care when having a campfire and to follow the safety tips listed at Ontario.ca/forestfire.
Travel Restrictions Still in Place for Some Areas of the Northeast
In order to ensure MNRF and emergency officials are able to continue fire suppression operations in areas affected by large forest fires, travel restrictions remain in place near the Parry Sound 33, and Pembroke 6 forest fires. These restrictions are in place to ensure public safety and the safety of emergency personnel working in the affected areas. Although some restrictions have been removed, others remain in place. For information on travel restrictions and travel permits, please call 1-888-220-7242. For a visual representation of the affected areas please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.
- Smoke drift from large fires in British Columbia and the United States may be evident until weather patterns change.
- For information about the impacts smoke on your health please contact Teleheath Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
- AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473), and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
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