May 19 2024: Northeast Wildfire Update: Firefighters Tackle New Blazes Across Region

Wildfire Update

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services | Northeast Fire Region | May 19, 2024, 18:30

Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations are now in effect for the Northeast Fire Region. Media updates will be sent daily moving forward.

Northeast Region

In the past 24 hours, 10 new wildland fires have emerged in the Northeast Region, with 8 confirmed on Sunday, May 19.

Recent Fires:

  • Bancroft 3 (BAN003): This 0.1-hectare fire was confirmed on May 17 and extinguished the same day. It was located near Whytes Road and Boulter Road, about 22 kilometers northeast of Bancroft.
  • Sudbury 4 (SUD004): This 0.5-hectare fire, confirmed on May 17, was put out on May 18. It was situated 2.5 kilometers south of Highway 17 and 5 kilometers west of Markstay.

New Fires Reported on May 19:

  • Bancroft 4 (BAN004): This 0.7-hectare fire is being held. Located on the east side of Hicks Lake, about 16 kilometers southwest of Barry’s Bay. One crew is on-site.
  • Bancroft 5 (BAN005): This 1.8-hectare fire is not yet under control. It is northeast of Hicks Lake.
  • Bancroft 6 (BAN006): This 1-hectare fire is not yet under control. It is between Potash Lake and Hicks Lake. One crew is assigned.
  • Hearst 5 (HEA005): This 0.6-hectare fire is under control. Located north of Lac Pivabiska, about 2 kilometers northeast of Marina Veilleux. One crew is committed.
  • Cochrane 4 (COC004): This 1.3-hectare fire is being held. It is 2 kilometers south of Greenwater Provincial Park and 1 kilometer west of Rural Route 668. Two crews are on-site.
  • Cochrane 5 (COC005): This 2-hectare fire is not yet under control. It is southwest of the junction of roads 652 and 574.
  • Chapleau 2 (CHA002): This 0.3-hectare fire is not yet under control. Located about 13 kilometers southwest of the intersection of Highways 101 and 129. An aerial fire suppression team was on-site Sunday afternoon.
  • Sault Ste. Marie 3 (SAU003): This 5-hectare fire is not yet under control. It is 2.5 kilometers west of Highway 108 and 3.5 kilometers south of Mississagi Provincial Park. Two crews and an aerial suppression team were on-site Sunday afternoon, with good progress being made.

The fire hazard is currently moderate to high across most of the Northeast Region, with extreme conditions from Chapleau through Cochrane and around Temiskaming Shores.

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team urges the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. Consider composting or using your local landfill for yard waste and woody debris. If burning is necessary, adhere to Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations:

  • Fires should be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.
  • Always have adequate tools or water to contain the fire on-site.
  • Review the complete set of Outdoor Burning Regulations.

Report a Wildland Fire

  • North of the French and Mattawa Rivers: Dial 310-FIRE.
  • South of the French or Mattawa Rivers: Dial 9-1-1.
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