Current Fire Situation
SAULT STE. MARIE – Wildland Fire Report – The Northeast Region is currently managing 33 active wildland fires. Of these, 4 fires are under control, and 29 fires are being observed.
New Fire Incidents
No new fires have been confirmed in the Northeast Region as of today’s report.
Fire Hazard Assessment
Across the Northeast Region, the prevailing wildland fire hazard values span from low to moderate. An exception is noted in a specific area with high fire hazard value, stretching from Kapuskasing northward to the Agwasuk River.
Smoke Impact and Air Quality
Individuals interested in obtaining smoke forecasts can visit FireSmoke.ca for real-time and projected smoke conditions. For those concerned about the potential health implications of smoke exposure, Telehealth Ontario can be contacted at 811.
Safety Measures: Fireworks, Waterbombers, and Drones
While fireworks are a cherished aspect of summer, it’s essential to practice fire safety. Be mindful that you could be held accountable if fireworks spark a wildland fire. Attending organized fireworks events is a safer alternative.
When waterbombers are operating near water bodies, ensure you maintain a safe distance by moving close to the shore. Waterbombers refrain from scooping water from lakes or rivers if encroaching watercraft pose a safety risk.
Similarly, flying drones around forest fires is hazardous and unlawful. Such actions can jeopardize the lives of pilots, firefighters, and emergency personnel.
Reporting Wildland Fires
To report wildland fires situated north of the French and Mattawa rivers, dial 310-FIRE. For forest fires south of these rivers, dial 911.