NORTHEASTERN Ontario Wildfire Update – May 25 2016

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Ontario FireRangers are in Jasper National Park, supporting efforts of Parks Canada to contain a wildfire. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada Rogier Gruys

THUNDER BAY – There were 8 new fires in the region on May 24. Of the active fires in the Northeast, 5 are not under control, 1 is being held and 5 are under control. No new fires have been discovered so far May 25.

Chapleau 5 and 6 are under control and are both under a hectare. Sault Ste. Marie 17 is being held at 3 hectares, while Sault Ste. Marie 18 is not under control at 9 hectares. Kempville 1 is under control at 1 hectare as is North Bay 8 at 0.8 of a hectare. Parry Sound 14 is being held at 1.7 hectares and Wawa 6 is under control at 1.5 hectares. Sudbury has two fires not under control, Sudbury 17 at 3 hectares and Sudbury 18 at 9 hectares.

Fires of Note:

Wawa 7: This fire is located south of Marathon and is currently sized at 297 ha. Crews are on this fire and more resources are being sent to help control the fire. This fire did receive a small amount of precipitation last night which helped crews make some progress today. It is still listed as not under control.

Hearst 4 and Hearst 5: These fires are listed at 475 ha and 2747 ha respectively. Ten crews are committed to the fires. Hearst 4 is not showing much fire intensity today but Hearst 5 is showing extreme fire behavior and has grown significantly.

Think wildfires are just a problem in the summer? Think again. Spring is grass fire season and grass fires can be a deadly and destructive menace. Seek alternatives to spring burning by considering composting or using your local landfill. Don’t be the reason behind a spring wildfire this year.

For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit: ontario.ca/firesmart.

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map: ontario.ca/forestfire.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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