Northeast Forest Fire Update – August 3

There were four new wildland fires discovered by late afternoon August 2.

  • Sault Ste. Marie 9 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare. It is located on the east side of highway 17, approximately 1.5 kilometres southwest of Harmony Beach.
  • Peterborough 2 is under control at 0.2 of a hectare. It is located east of route 509, approximately 5 km northwest of Silver Lake.
  • North Bay 13 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare. It is located on a southern island of Lady Evelyn Lake.
  • North Bay 14 is located southwest of Cross Lake, it measures 0.3 of a hectare and was confirmed late this afternoon.

At the time of this update, there are three other active wildland fires in the region.

  • Sudbury 24 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare, approximately 25 kilometres northwest of Capreol.
    Cochrane 10 measures 74 hectares and is being observed, approximately 100 km southeast of Moose Factory.
  • Peterborough 1 is under control at 10 hectares and is located west of route 15.

The forest fire hazard ranges mostly from high to extreme across most of the Northeast Region, with a few isolated areas showing a moderate hazard and most of the Far North showing a low to moderate hazard.

For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfires.

Help prevent forest fires

Adopt safe campfire practices! Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small. Stay nearby: never leave it unattended. Put your fire out by drowning it with water. Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again. You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out. More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

More Information

For updates on highway closures, check Ontario511 or @OPPCommunicationsNER on Twitter, and Ontario Provincial Police-Northeast Region on Facebook.

For information about the current forest fire situation: 1-888-220-7242

For updates on the fire situation, visit ontario.ca/forestfire or follow us on Twitter @ONforestfires.

To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. To report a forest fire south of these rivers, dial 911.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is a government ministry of the Canadian province of Ontario that is responsible for Ontario’s provincial parks, forests, fisheries, wildlife, mineral aggregates and the Crown lands and waters that make up 87 per cent of the province. Its offices are divided into Northwestern, Northeastern and Southern Ontario regions with the main headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario.[1]
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