SAULT STE MARIE – Wildfire Update – There are currently 20 active fires in the Northeast Region. No new fires were confirmed on the early evening of June 19. An additional fire was confirmed during yesterday’s after hours in the Cochrane District. The fire, referred to as Cochrane 14, spans 0.3 hectares and is currently under control1.
Northeast District Fires of note:
- Chapleau 3: Confirmed on June 1, this 3,916-hectare wildland fire is located 2 km south of October Lake and 2.5 km west of Vichaw Lake. It is not under control.
- Chapleau 6: Confirmed on June 4, this 1,228-hectare wildland fire is located 2.5 km west of Morin Lake and 1 km east of Bolkow Lake. It is not under control.
- Cochrane 6: Confirmed on June 2, this 1,239-hectare wildland fire is located 9 km west of Lake Abitibi and 1 km east of Marathon Lake. It is not under control. This fire is holding along cat guards, roads, and natural boundaries.
- Cochrane 7: Confirmed on June 2, this 10,719-hectare wildland fire is located northeast of Lake Abitibi and 7 km southwest of Joe Lake. It is not under control. Heavy equipment continues to be utilized to aid in suppression efforts.
- Kirkland Lake 5: Confirmed on June 7, this 2,300-hectare wildland fire is located north of Lady Evelyn Lake. It is not under control. Helicopters have them assigned the fire.
- Sudbury 10: Confirmed on June 2, it has been remapped to 1,370 hectares and is located 3 km west of Fox Lake and 5 km east of Acheson Lake. It is not under control.
- Sudbury 17: Confirmed June 4, this 5,857-hectare wildland fire is located 3 km west of Madawanson Lake and 0.5 km east of Pilot Lake. Multiple crews are committed to the fire. It is not under control.
- Sudbury 19: Confirmed on June 4, this 459-hectare wildland fire is located south of Shakwa Lake and 1 km west of Lower Shakwa Lake. It is being held.
- Timmins 7: Confirmed on June 4, this 149-hectare wildland fire is located 0.3 km northeast of Ahsine Lake. It is being held. Crews are working on the east flank of the fire.
- Wawa 3: Confirmed on May 27, this 6,678-hectare wildland fire is located south of Trent Lake and Round Lake, and 5 km northwest of Duffy Lake. It is being held.
The fire hazard is high to extreme throughout the Northeast Region. From Algonquin Park headed south it is moderate.
A new Implementation Order for Sudbury District has occurred, see below for details.
Travel, use, and access Restrictions in the Northeast Region – MNRF Sudbury District
Under the Emergency Area Order (EAO 2023-04) declared on June 5, 2023, the MNRF Sudbury District has put in an Implementation Order to protect public safety and facilitate effective fire suppression. The following restrictions listed and as outlined on the Implementation Order map are now in effect until further notice:
- All travel and use of Highway 810 (also known as the Massey Tote Rd) south of Ritchie Falls at UTM Zone 17 E 403972 N 5174771, and north of Madawanson Lake Rd at UTM Zone 17 E 409250 N 5158217 is prohibited unless authorized by a Travel Permit issued by the Sudbury District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- All persons are prohibited from entering the area indicated on the attached map unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
There have been no other changes to current Implementation Orders for the Hearst-Cochrane-Kapuskasing and Chapleau-Wawa Districts. For a detailed list of areas affected, travel restrictions, and/or evacuations, please visit our website at www.ontario.ca/forestfire.
Restricted Fire Zone
Due to the extreme forest fire hazard, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone effective Thursday, June 1, at 12:01 a.m. local time for the districts of Hearst/Cochrane/Kapuskasing, Chapleau/Wawa, Timmins/Kirkland Lake, Sault Ste Marie/Blind River, Sudbury, North Bay, Minden/Parry Sound/Bracebridge, Pembroke, a northern portion of the Peterborough/Bancroft District, and the southeastern portion of the Far North District. No open air burning, including campfires, is permitted within the boundaries of a Restricted Fire Zone. Portable gas or propane stoves may be used for cooking and warmth BUT must be handled with extreme caution.
All burning permits are suspended. The Restricted Fire Zone is in place until further notice.
Despite the scattered rain Ontario has received the last couple of days, it is often accompanied by lightning which can strike a tree, and ignite a fire under the forest floor. Once the weather dries up, winds pick up and temperatures rebound those holdover lightning fires can appear up to about a week later. AFFES Fire management staff will be monitoring for holdover lightning fires over the coming days as a result as we see the warm and dry weather rebound this week and rainfall dissipate.
The current Restricted Fire Zone was put in place due to the extreme fire situation and hazard Northern and Central Ontario have been facing. It is a temporary measure to eliminate preventable human-caused fires while the forest and landscape is highly susceptible to fire starts.
At this time, the Restricted Fire Zone is in place for the entire fire region of Ontario until further notice.
To learn more about what is permitted and not permitted in a Restricted Fire Zone, visit Outdoor fire restrictions | ontario.ca
Report a Wildland Fire
To report a wildland 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.