Northeastern Ontario Wildfire Update – June 21 2015

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Forest Fire Report

Sudbury – The wildfire situation in Northeastern Ontario has ramped up with five new fires and a total of twenty-six fires in the region.

Reporting on June 21st, there have been 5 new fires confirmed in the Northeast Region:

  • Algonquin Park 3 is not under control at 0.1 of a hectare
  • Algonquin Park 4 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare
  • Bancroft 7 is not under control at 0.1 of a hectare
  • Parry Sound 19 is not under control at 0.8 or a hectare
  • Wawa 4 is not under control at 0.1 of a hectare

There are a total of 26 active fires in the region:

  • Bancroft 4 is under control at 5 hectares
  • Bancroft 6 is under control at 0.2 of a hectare
  • Chapleau 7 is not under control at 10 hectares
  • Hearst 4 is under control at 475 hectares
  • Hearst 5 is under control at 2574 hectares
  • North Bay 13 is under control at 0.7 of a hectare
  • North Bay 14 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare
  • North Bay 15 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare
  • Parry Sound 17 is being held 0.8 of a hectare
  • Sault Ste. Marie 21 is being held at 1.2 hectares
  • Sault Ste. Marie 22 is being held at 0.2 of a hectare
  • Sault Ste. Marie 25 is under control at 0.3 of a hectare
  • Sudbury 28 is being held at 7.1 hectares
  • Sudbury 30 is under control at 0.3 of hectare
  • Sudbury 31 is being held at 1.0 hectare
  • Sudbury 34 is not under control at 5 hectares
  • Timmins 5 is under control at 0.8 of a hectare
  • Wawa 7 is under control at 294 hectares
  • Midhurst 1 is not under control at 20 hectares

Fires of note include:

  • Sudbury 35 is situated north of Hagar, measures 85 hectares and is not under control.  FireRangers are working collaboratively with the Markstay-Warren Fire Department to suppress the fire, values protection is underway.  There is no current imminent threat to any structures at this time, and there have been no structures lost. We ask that the public use caution if travelling in the area because fire crews and vehicles are on the scene and require room to manoeuvre.
  • Sudbury 33 is located north of Lively.  Waterbombers were on the scene yesterday to suppress the fire which covers 10 hectares.  Although the fire is currently listed as not under control, 3 ground crews have been on scene today and there are no further issues currently anticipated with this fire.  Residents in the area will notice smoke as FireRangers continue to extinguish the fire.

The current forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme across the Northeast with an extreme hazard in Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas, as well as in the eastern portion of the province.

On the water boating this summer? Be aware of Waterbombers!! 

 

Bombardier Aircraft
Bombardier Aircraft

From April 1 to October 31, waterways are used by CL-415 water bombers to suppress wildfires. When CL-415 waterbombers approach a lake, people in watercrafts are asked to move close to the shore so the waterbombers can perform their scoop.

This ensures safety for both the people and the aircraft.  It also supports the firefighting effort because a waterbomber will not scoop from a lake if encroaching watercrafts pose a safety hazard. This in turn causes a delay in waterbombing on the fire as they wait for the watercrafts to clear the area, or have to seek a water source further from the fire to scoop safely.

Waterbombers often perform circuits when fighting a fire so more than one waterbomber could be scooping from the waterway in close intervals.

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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