Northern Ontario fire update for Thursday, July 19th
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:50PM EDT Last Updated Friday, July 20, 2018 1:47PM EDT
Drifting forest fire smoke can travel far
While fire crews have now got the Temagami blaze under control, the previous evacuation order has been lifted.
As of Wednesday, 17 new starts have been reported, including 12 new active forest fires in the Cochrane and five in Pembroke.
The MNRF is expecting the 30 hectare fire in Parry Sound to continue creating smoke in the area.
All modes of travel and access in the following closed backcountry parks is prohibited:
- Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater
- Obabika River
- Makobe-Grays River
- Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks
- All Crown lands outline on MNRF Forest Fire Info Map
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry statement in its entirety:Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 18, 2018
Time of Report 23:00
By the evening of July 18, there are 66 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 28 are not yet under control, 38 are either being held, under control or being observed.
Today, there were 17 new starts in the region, none of which have been declared out at the time of this update.
Several recent starts in the Cochrane sector:
Where it had been previously quiet, the Cochrane sector now has twelve active forest fires. Five are being observed to allow the natural benefits of fire on the landscape, there are no values threatened in the area of these fires.
Of note, Cochrane 14 is not yet under control at 400 hectares, it is located west of Tomorrow and Yesterday Lakes. Values protection (sprinklers on structures) is underway and will continue tomorrow as a precautionary measure.
Cochrane 8 covers 85 hectares and is not yet under control at the time of this update. Four crews and aerial fire suppression resources were on scene today, in the form of two CL415 waterbombers, a birddog aircraft and helicopter support.
Good progress is being made on Cochrane 9 and Cochrane 12 is under control at 3 hectares. Hearst 12 is not yet under control at 487 hectares. It is located northeast of the Mattagami River.
Two new starts this evening include Hearst 13 which is located 37 km north of highway 11, southeast of Jog Lake. It measures 200 hectares and is not yet under control. Cochrane 16 which is located south of Natogami Lake, covers 0.1 of a hectare and is not yet under control.
Four new starts in the Pembroke region:
Of the four new lightning starts in the Pembroke sectors, Pembroke 5 required aerial fire suppression in the form of a bucketing helicopter. It covers 1.5 hectares and is located east of Grant’s Creek Provincial Park.
Incident Management Teams
Incident Management Teams (IMTs) are in place in the region. They are managing priority fires in 3 areas:
· River Valley Cluster
· Lake Temagami Cluster
· Lady Evelyn Cluster
River Valley Fire Cluster:
· The River Valley Fire Cluster includes two fires.
· North Bay 62 covers 2,500 hectares and is not under control, while North Bay 42 covers 350 hectares and is not yet under control.
· FireRanger crews are making steady progress on both fires.
Temagami Fire Cluster:
· Due to the recent rainfall and the higher humidity, reduced fire activity continues to aid firefighting efforts on all fires within the cluster. Firefighters were able to call North Bay 53, North Bay 65 and North Bay 93, OUT.
· North Bay 69, which previously caused the evacuation of twenty homes in the Temagami area, is now under control (UCO). Firefighters, are now focusing on working their way deep into the interior of the fire to check for hot spots.
· Crews continue to patrol and mop up North Bay 14, North Bay 22, North Bay 54, North Bay 64, North Bay 66, North Bay 75, and North Bay 80. All these fires are ‘under control’.
Lady Evelyn Fire Cluster:
· A successful controlled burn was carried out to reduce forest fuels. This strategy will bring the fires edge up to natural boundaries, further reducing the risk of fire spread and eliminating the need for ground crews in that area.
· Heavy helicopters continued to bucket water onto North Bay 72 today, coordinating with crews on the ground. Fire behaviour was more aggressive today with higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Crews continue to establish hose line along the east and north perimeter of the fire which is approximately 11 453 hectares.
· The fire perimeter of North Bay 72 is approximately 80 kilometres.
Resources From Out of Province
· Saskatchewan has provided one 20 person sustained attack crew, two safety officers, one agency representative, one radio operator and an air tanker package.
· Alberta has supplied fifteen 4 person initial attack fire crews, a 19 person Incident Management Team, 2 agency representatives, 6 division supervisors and 2 information officers. There are also 3 air tanker packages in addition to fire suppression equipment such as pumps and hose.
· British Columbia has supplied twenty 3 person initial attack crews, two 19 person sustained attack crews and 2 agency representatives.
· Nova Scotia has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one safety officer and one agency representative.
· Prince Edward Island has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
· Newfoundland has supplied a 4 person initial attack crew.
· Northwest Territories has supplied five 4 person initial attack crews, one 3 person crew, and an agency representative.
· Minnesota has supplied one air support group supervisor, a helibase manager trainee and a 20 person sustained attack crew.
· British Columbia has provided Ontario with 1,080 lengths of 1.5” hose, 30 power pumps with tool kits, 30 intake hose, 230 fuel containers, 200 backpack pumps and 200 axes.
· Alberta has provided 960 lengths of 1.5” hose, fifty power pumps with tool kits, intake hose, fuel containers, as well as 100 additional fuel containers. They’ve also provided 201 shovels, fifty pulaskis and 30 chest coolers.
Additional resources expected in the coming days
· Wisconsin will be providing one 8 person fire crew.
· Newfoundland will be providing one more 4 person fire crew.
· Saskatchewan will be providing 5 additional support staff.
· The Northwest Territories is sending 1,000 lengths of 1.5” hose to the province of Ontario.
· Parry Sound 33 created a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park this evening. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews were on site tonight. It is expected that this 30 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the area tomorrow.
· Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
· AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
· If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
Temagami area information
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been advised by the Municipality of Temagami that the evacuation alert has been lifted in Temagami, and that Fire Tower Road as well as the Fire Tower are now open.
MNRF issued an Emergency Area Order (EAO) for parts of the North Bay District due to active fires around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Lake Temagami and the North Bay District.
· Please visit Ontario.ca/forestfire as this information is being updated regularly.
· For information about these travel restrictions: 705-475-5546
· For media inquiries contact: 705-564-6146
· For inquiries by members of the public contact: 705-564-6165
· For inquiries on highway closures: Call 5-1-1
FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:
· To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
· To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
· Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
· For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire
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Report prepared by Isabelle Chenard