SAULT STE. MARIE – Wildfire Update – In the Northeast Region, there are currently 27 active wildland fires. Out of these fires, six are under control, and the remaining 21 fires are being observed, requiring constant monitoring and assessment from firefighting teams.
New Fires Confirmed
Today, the Northeast Region reported one new fire: Cochrane 41. This fire spans 11 hectares and is situated approximately 17 kilometers northeast of Kesagami Lake Provincial Park. Currently, it is being closely observed to ensure swift response if necessary.
Another fire, North Bay 9, was confirmed after the last evening’s update. Fortunately, it has been successfully extinguished, covering an area of only 0.1 hectares. The fire was located east of Arnstein and north of Highway 522.
Fire Hazard Conditions
The majority of the Northeast Region exhibits a low to moderate fire hazard. However, two areas are experiencing a high fire hazard this afternoon. One area stretches from Espanola to Whitefish along Highway 17, while the other is located in the northern half of Pukaskwa National Park. Firefighters remain vigilant in these high-risk zones.
Fires of Note
Cochrane 7, which was confirmed on June 2, is now under control. This significant wildland fire spans an expansive area of 37,742 hectares and is located northeast of Lake Abitibi. Firefighters have made substantial progress in containing the blaze.
Due to a decrease in fire behavior and the effectiveness of fire suppression activities, the MNRF’s Hearst-Cochrane-Kapuskasing District will reopen access on the Translimit Road between Cochrane and Quebec to traffic. However, certain road closures and township restrictions related to the Cochrane 7 fire remain in place as fire suppression efforts continue. Travel, use, and access restrictions are outlined in detail to ensure public safety and facilitate effective fire suppression.
- Stay Clear of Waterbombers
- When waterbombers approach a body of water, move close to the shore to allow them to safely perform their scoop. Remember, waterbombers will not scoop from a lake or river if encroaching watercraft pose a safety hazard. Prioritize safety and maintain a safe distance from waterbombers.
- No Drone Zone
- Flying drones around forest fires is both dangerous and illegal. Keep in mind that drones near forest fires jeopardize the lives of pilots, firefighters, and emergency personnel. Ensure everyone’s safety by refraining from flying drones near forest fires.
Report a Wildland Fire
To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. For forest fires located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, immediately dial 911 to report the incident and facilitate prompt response from authorities. Your cooperation and timely reporting are vital in containing fires and safeguarding lives and property.