It has been a busy day across the Northeast region as 16 new fires have already popped up today. Thus far, there have been 7 new fires in the Sudbury District, 5 new fires in the Wawa District, 2 in the Parry Sound area as well as a new fire in the North Bay and Bancroft areas. Suppression efforts also continue on 10 existing fires in the region. There are currently 26 actives fires in the region, burning a total of 3748.4 hectares. The following is an update on the larger fires in the area.
FIRE HAZARD - A Restricted Fire Zone is currently in effect for the Northeast Fire Region, north of the French River including French River Provincial Park.
The restricted fire zone includes the MNR districts of Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Hearst, Chapleau, Wawa, Cochrane and Manitoulin Island. No open burning, including campfires is permitted within the boundaries of a restricted fire zone.
Portable heaters or propane stoves may be used for cooking and warmth but must be handled with extreme caution. All burning permits are suspended.
Wawa 4 is currently 3000 has in size. An incident management team is on site working with resources. FireRanger crews continue with suppression efforts today. The fire is currently listed as Not Under Control.
Wawa 5 currently 50 has in size. Crews have been making good progress on the fire. The fire is currently listed as Being Held.
Timmins 5 is currently 8 has in size. The fire was scanned by an infrared unit on ground for hot spots, and crews have been making good progress on this fire. It is currently listed as Under Control.
Timmins 7 is currently 412 has in size. An Incident Management Team is on site as well as crews. The fire is currently listed as Being Held.
Kirkland Lake 5 is currently 27 has in size. The fire was scanned by an infrared unit on ground to search for hot spots, and crews continue suppression efforts on this fire. It is currently Under Control.
Chapleau 8 is currently 195 has in size. Crews continue suppression efforts on this fire, and it is listed as Under Control.
North Bay 8 is currently 32 has in size. Crews continue clean up on this fire, and it is currently listed as Under Control.
To date, there have been 124 fires in the Northeast Region, having burnt 4020.6 has.
Latest Forest Fire Update: 16 New Fires Burn in the District
LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
May 19th, 2012 at 7:28pm