Major gains in the fighting of Ontario forest fires
Fire numbers Tuesday, August 22nd
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018 6:40PM EDT
The forest fire situation here in northeastern Ontario is at a point now where the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says all out-of-province and out-of-country fire crews have now returned home.
Many are grateful for the support of so many hardworking men and women working to keep residents safe from harm.
Some much-needed rain moved into the region yesterday and that has been good for the firefighting effort.
The number of active forest fires has dropped to 31 and all are now under control, being held, or being observed.
No new fires were confirmed Tuesday.
Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Northeast Fire Region
August 22, 2018
Time of Report 16:31
- On the afternoon of August 22, there are 31 active forest fires across the Northeast. All of these fires are either being held, under control or being observed.
- No new fire were confirmed today, at the time of this update.
Parry Sound 33
· This fire is being held at 11,362 hectares.
· To find an updated map of current travel restrictions visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.
· Although the fire perimeter remains restricted, waterway and road restrictions were lifted effective 18:00 (6:00pm) on August 15, 2018.
· The fire perimeter will remain restricted for quite some time.
· There is still a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) in place over the fire for aircraft.
· Forest fire fighters on the ground continue to action the remaining hot spots in a coordinated and prioritized manner.
· 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 Parry Sound District information, call 1-888-220-7242
For Sudbury District information, call 1-888-220-7242
Resources From Out of Province
Ontario is receiving support from across Canada to assist with the fire situation, in the form of equipment from the following provinces and territories:
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
Restricted Fire Zone in Effect
A restricted fire zone remains in effect in areas north of Rosseau, northwest to Espanola and Cartier, over to the Quebec border including Temagami and Mattawa north of the Mattawa River. This includes Parry Sound, Burk’s Falls, Powassan, North Bay and Greater Sudbury. For a visual representation of the affected areas please visit our interactive map Ontario.ca/forestfire.
If you live in an area outside the adjusted Restricted Fire Zone, be sure before you burn to check with your local municipality to ensure there’s no fire ban issued in your area. We’d also like to remind the public to take extra care when having a campfire and to follow the safety tips listed at Ontario.ca/forestfire.
Travel restrictions in parts of Parry Sound district due to Parry Sound 33 fire.
In order to ensure MNRF and emergency officials are able to continue fire suppression operations in areas affected by large forest fires, travel restrictions remain in place near the Parry Sound 33 forest fire. These restrictions are in place to ensure public safety and the safety of emergency personnel working in the affected areas. Although some restrictions have been removed, others remain in place.
Parry Sound 33 Fire Perimeter
There is no access permitted within the fire perimeter as shown on the Implementation Map unless authorized by travel permit issued by Parry Sound District or Sudbury District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
For information on travel restrictions and travel permits, please call 1-888-220-7242. For a visual representation of the affected areas please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire.
· Smoke drift from large fires in British Columbia and the United States may be evident until weather patterns change.
· For information about the impacts smoke on your health please contact Teleheath Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
· AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473), and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
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
Prepared by Isabelle Chenard