18 fires burning in Northeastern OntarioSunday, July 01, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
June 30, 2012 (15:30)
Two new fires have been confirmed thus far today in the Northeast Region, Timmins 30 and Wawa 20, both 0.2 hectares in size.
Eight new fires were confirmed across the region by day’s end yesterday, June 29.
Cochrane 30, a 15 hectare fire was found east of Moosonee. Cochrane 31, a 5 hectare fire was also found east of Moosonee.
Four ground crews were aiding in suppression efforts on these two fires today.
North Bay 39 at 0.1 hectares in size was found south of Cobalt.
A twin otter was dispatched to aid in suppression efforts on this fire, and the fire is now under control.
Bancroft 12, a 0.1 hectare fire was found between Bid Hawk and Clear Lake is now out.
North Bay 40, a 3 hectare fire near Powassan responded well to suppression action, and is being held.
North Bay 41 at 4.5 hectares east of Kukagami Lake received aggressive air attack yesterday, as well as support from Helitak and ground crews.
Timmins 29, a 0.3 hectare fire near Ostrom is now under control.
Cochrane 32, a 1000 hectare fire south east of Moosonee is currently being observed.
TIM 27 southeast of Foleyet is currently 102 hectares in size. Suppression efforts continued on the fire today.
Progress continues on TIM 9 as well as KLK 8 and KLK 13, through infrared scanning and actioning of hot spots.
The Ministry of Natural Resources would like to remind the public to use extreme care and caution when partaking in outdoor activities, as just one careless moment can lead to a wildfire that may threaten people, properties and communities.
When considering the use of a campfire, ensure adequate resources are available, and make certain your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.
Make sure any residue from fireworks is completely extinguished, as any person who sets off fireworks is responsible if any hot residue results in a fire.
A person can be charged under the Forest Fire Prevention Act, and may be held responsible for the cost of putting a forest fire out.
For more information on how to be FireSmart, please visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention .
There are currently 18 fires in the Northeast Region, burning 48119.4 hectares.
To date, there have been 316 fires in the Northeast Region, having burnt 49641.1 hectares.