Update on forest fires in northeastern Ontario Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:59PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:30AM EDT
As of late Tuesday afternoon, there are four active forest fires in northeastern Ontario, including Timmins 002, west of Gogama.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says weather conditions on Monday allowed for more effective aerial mapping, with the fire now estimated to be just over 5,600 hectares in size.
The MNRF says very little flame was reported Tuesday morning following significant rainfall the previous 24 hours. However, daytime heating and winds have the potential to increase smoke and drifting smoke.
A base camp is being established in Gogama to house MNRF staff on site.
On Tuesday, crews on the ground work to establish hose lines around the fire, while heavy equipment is being used to remove forest-fuel ahead of the fire. Sprinklers are also being used on area structures.
While the forest fire hazard is currently low to moderate in the region, the MNRF is reminding people using outdoor fires to be mindful of safety and follow all regulations.
A 0.2 ha fire that started near Windy Lake, east of Sudbury, on June 3, is under control.
A 0.5 ha fire that started on June 9 is under control in the French River area.
The fourth fire burning in the region, started on June 8, is 16.5 ha, and is northwest of Foleyet.