Northeastern Ontario Wildfire Update – August 9, 2018

Forest Fire Update

August 9, 2017

Time of Report: 8:00 am

  • On the morning of August 9, there are 49 active forest fires across the Northeast. Of these, 17 are not yet under control, 32 are either being held, under control or being observed.
  • There were nine new fires confirmed yesterday, two of which have already been extinguished.
    • Sault Ste. Marie 14 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare
    • Sudbury 103 is not yet under control at 2 hectares
    • Parry Sound 41 is not yet under control at 0.4 of a hectare
    • Sudbury 104 is not yet under control at 0.9 of a hectare
    • Sudbury 105 is not yet under control at 0.3 of a hectare
    • Sudbury 106 is not yet under control at 0.1 of a hectare
    • Sudbury 107 is not yet under control at 0.3 of a hectare
  • FireRanger and Coastal Ranger crews are responding to 5 fires in the far north in proximity to the Fort Severn community. There are an additional 5 fires further from the community that is being observed to allow the ecological benefits of fire to occur.

Incident Management Teams

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

Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster

  • FireRangers from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Labrador, and Mexico remain committed to this cluster, focusing primarily on North Bay Fire 72.
  • Currently mapped at approx. 27,285 hectares. The fire has not grown in size in the last 2 weeks.
  • Bucketing helicopters will be available and utilized as needed.

Parry Sound 33

  • The size of the fire remains at 11, 362 hectares. There was no growth yesterday.
  • Aggressive fire suppression operations are ongoing throughout the entire fire area.
  • There are 247 firefighters and support staff currently working on this incident. That number will continue to fluctuate with the state of the fire, as well as when staff completes their 14-day assignments and more staff become available after days of rest. Despite the fluctuation in staffing numbers, adequate staffing levels will be maintained for fire operations.
  • The evacuation order issued by the Municipality of Killarney for residents in the areas of Travers, Allen, Struthers, Kilpatrick, Bigwood (including Hartley Bay Road), a portion of Mowat, the Unsurveyed Area, 14 Mile Island and French River Provincial Park still remains in effect. For information, call the municipality at 705-287-2424.
  • The evacuation alert issued by the Municipality of French River for residents in the Alban area, west of the high powered hydro lines on Highway 64 is still in effect. For more information, call the municipality at 705-898-2294 or visit
  • 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 inquiries about Grundy Lake Provincial Park closure: 705-383-2286
  • For Parry Sound District information, including calls related travel restrictions or to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call  1-888-220-7242
  • For Sudbury District information, including calls related to travel restrictions or to the recommendation of evacuation alerts, call  1-888-220-7242

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 469 firefighters and support staff are currently in the province.
    • Alberta is providing personnel, equipment, and aircraft.
    • British Columbia is providing equipment.
    • Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Northwest Territories is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Nova Scotia is providing equipment.
    • New Brunswick is providing personnel.
    • Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
    • Saskatchewan is providing personnel and equipment.
    • Quebec is providing personnel and aircraft.
    • Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
    • Mexico is providing personnel.
    • Parks Canada is providing personnel.

Smoke concerns

  • Smoke may be noted in the community of Fort Severn in the Far North, due to active fires to the south and west of the community.
  • 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.


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

Report Prepared by Shayne McCool

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