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30 hectares fire near Powassan not yet under control

It is one of two new wildland fires confirmed in the Northeast region by late afternoon yesterday
20220513 active forest fires
Active forest fires as of May 12. The orange icons indicate new fires.

A forest fire called North Bay 3, approximately eight kilometres southeast of Powassan, has now grown to 30 hectares and remains out of control.

It is one of two new wildland fires confirmed in the Northeast region by late afternoon yesterday.

Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is alerting residents in Trout Creek and Powassan of water bombers, and belly tanking helicopters dropping water on the fire. in that area.

North Bay 3 grew from 20 hectares in size yesterday afternoon.

Residents have been warned they may notice smoke.

A second fire is Bancroft 2, which is a 2 hectare fire located on an island in the southern bay of Redstone Lake, east of Hntsville. It was confirmed early yesterday afternoon and is being held.

At present, Including the new starts, there are 16 active fires in the Northeast region. 

Active fires of note include:

Sudbury 7 was Tuesday yesterday afternoon. It is a 221 hectare fire located 600 metres north of Ashigami road and 0.3 kilometres west of Ashigami Lake Road East. Waterbombers, Twin Otters and belly-tanking helicopters were on the scene Tuesday and Wednesday. Seven FireRanger crews continue to work to suppress this fire which is not yet under control.

Sudbury 4 was confirmed Tuesday yesterday afternoon. It is a 212 hectare fire located three kilometres east of Estaire and one kilometre south of Nepewassi Lake road. Waterbombers, Twin Otters and belly-tanking helicopters were on the scene Tuesday and Wednesday. Seven FireRanger crews continue to work to suppress this fire which is not yet under control.

Timmins 1 was confirmed Tuesday afternoon. It is a 375.5 hectare fire located two kilometres southeast of Morin Village and half a kilometre north of Barager's Lake. There are 10 FireRanger crews committed to the fire. Hwy 560, which had been closed as a precautionary measure has been reopened to traffic since early Thursday morning. Bucketing helicopters are working on the east end of the fire this evening. The fire remains not under control.

Timmins 2 was confirmed Tuesday afternoon. It is a 57.5 hectare fire located near Duchabani Creek, 1.5 kilometres northwest of Cullen Lake. It is not under control.

Chapleau 2 was confirmed Tuesday afternoon. It is a 60 hectare fire located 2.5 kilometres south of Hwy 101 and 6 kilometres west of Foleyet. It is not under control.

There have been 42 fires to date, already approaching the 58 fires last year. The 10-year average is 99.

20220513 active forest fires to date

To see the fire hazard near you, check the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

There are no restricted fire zones yet but residents must follow Outdoor Burning Regulations

Use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, you are encouraged to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning.

If you must burn, follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations.

Read the full set of Outdoor Burning Regulations.

The MNR warns that flying drones around forest fires is both dangerous and illegal. "When you fly a drone near a forest fire, you can put the lives of pilots, firefighters and other emergency personnel at risk," it says.

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