Air action taken in Wawa-area forest fireWednesday, September 12, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Six new fires were confirmed in the region today by the time this report was issued.
Sudbury 199 is 0.7 hectares west of Spanish River Provincial Park and not under control at this time.
Sudbury 200 is 0.1 hectares in the Marie Lake area.
That fire is being held and not likely to spread under prevailing and forecasted conditions.
The ministry provided air attack and FireRangers to assist the local fire department in suppressing a 0.1-hectare fire located west of Manitouwadge.
Wawa 66 is classified as not under control at this time; however, no issues are anticipated with this fire.
Wawa 67 is 0.1 hectares and located south of Obatanga Provincial Park and not under control at this time.
Hearst 29 is already out.
That fire was north of Hearst and 0.1 hectares in size.
Cochrane 50, north of Lake Abitibi at 0.2 hectares in size, is not under control at this time.
Resources are adequate to deal with the current and expected fire load and no control issues are anticipated with any of the new or existing fires in the region.
A spike in fire activity on September 10 kept FireRanger crews and aircraft busy tackling eight new starts in the region.
Most of the fires were in the Wawa and Sudbury areas and are believed to be caused by lightning strikes from last week.
Air attack action was taken on Sudbury 196, which is 2.2 hectares in size and located northeast of Killarney Provincial Park.
FireRanger crews are on the ground providing suppression action on the fire, which is classified as being held.
Sudbury 197 was a small fire located near Killarney Provincial Park that is now out.
Sudbury 198, also near Killarney Provincial Park, is under control at 0.2 hectares.
Wawa 63 is being held at 0.7 hectares in size burning southeast of Oba Lake.
Air attack action was taken and FireRangers are working on the ground to suppress the fire.
Wawa 64 was a small fire south of White Lake that is now out.
Wawa 65 is being held at 0.3 hectares and located south of Obatanga Provincial Park.
Chapleau 41 was at 0.1 hectares in size near Nebskwasheshi Lake and is now out.
Air attack was also required on Cochrane 49, a 2.5-hectare fire located southwest of Smooth Rock Falls that is not under control at this time.
FireRangers are providing suppression action on the fire and no values are threatened.
Fires called out
Four fires in the Cochrane area that were being observed were called out.
Cochrane fire numbers 36, 39, 41 and 46 covered a total of more than 1,700 hectares.
When fires are classified as being observed, they do not receive suppression action due to agency resource management objectives and/or priorities.
Regional fire activity facts
There are now 20 active fires in the Northeast Region burning a total of 42,364.6 hectares.
To date, 907 fires in the Northeast Region have burned 53,792.4 hectares.
There are currently no Restricted Fire Zones in place.
A reminder that municipalities may have fire bans in place, so please ensure to check with them before doing any outdoor burning.
Ontario Parks may also have their own restrictions in place for each campground.
For information on fire restrictions in parks, please visit here.
To report a forest fire north of the French River, please call 310-FIRE (3473).
In southern regions, forest fires can be reported by calling your local fire department.
For more information about the current fire situation, visit here.