One of two new northeastern Ontario forest fires confirmed last evening is east of the Sault, fire officials say.
Sault Ste. Marie 4 is four hectares in size and is 500 metres north of Lake Lauzon, just outside the south perimeter Matinenda Provincial Park boundary.
The other new fire confirmed is Hearst 5, at 90 hectares. It's 36 km south of Highway 11 and just north of Macvicar Creek.
With today's new fires, there are currently 31 active fires in Ontario’s Northeast Region, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Fires of note include Sudbury 17 which began June 4, is not yet under control and is 1,024 hectares. Smoke from the fire is affecting air quality in Elliot Lake, town officials said.
Suppression of the fire is ongoing, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services said in its Tuesday update.
Travel restrictions have been brought in for the area around Massey Tote Road.
Fires currently not yet under control include several smaller fires in the Cochrane, Sudbury and Chapleau areas, as well as Wawa 3 near White River which has been mapped at 6,810 hectares.
Other large fires are Cochrane 7 at 1,840 hectares, Cochrane 6 at 1,239 hectares, and Chapleau 3 at 500 hectares.
Other fires are considered under control, are being held, or are being observed.
With dry conditions and fires across northern Ontario and Quebec, a restricted fire zone remains in effect with no open air burning, including campfires, permitted. All burning permits are suspended.
Visit Ontario.ca/forestfire for more details.
To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa Rivers, dial 310-FIRE.
For a closer look at fire hazard conditions in Ontario, view this Interactive Map.
#MNRF waterbombers are hard at work performing air attack on #WAW003 fire near #WhiteRiver. Remember, if you see a #waterbomber, steer clear and move to the shore to allow pilots room to scoop and work safely. Video credit: Wyatt MacLachlan, White River Air. pic.twitter.com/kdOHRv72hT— Ontario Forest Fires (@ONforestfires) June 4, 2023