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Post by Loco101 » Mon May 14, 2012 10:55 am

Started this thread so that we can know the latest about the forest fire situation in our region. Just like the weather thread, we can notify everyone when there is a forest fire nearby, current fire danger and if a restriction fire zone (RFZ) is in place.

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Post by Loco101 » Mon May 14, 2012 11:02 am

Link to MNR map of fire danger by region: Forest Fire Danger Map for Ontario

Link to MNR map of current restricted fire zones (RFZs) by region: Restricted Fire Zones in Ontario

Link to MNR forest fire page with information on current situation: Current Fire Situation - Aviation and Forest Fire Management - Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources

Northeast Region
FireRangers and Air attack resources were kept busy yesterday with 4 new fires in the region burning 2.3 hectares. Crews in Hearst, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and Wawa each responded to one fire. The fires- HEA 2, SAU 9 and TIM 2- were each 0.1 hectares and are now all declared OUT. The fire in Wawa, WAW 2, which received air attack assistance from the CL-415 waterbomber is currently being held (BHE) at 2.0 hectares. There are no problems anticipated with any of these fires.

Warmer, dry temperatures are currently being experienced throughout the region. Throughout the day Friday, increased cloud cover is expected as a Low moves in, bringing risk of thunderstorms for some areas Saturday. Sunday is expected to be a nice sunny day.

Hazard continues to build across the region, and residents are reminded to take extra caution when partaking in outdoor activities this weekend, as forest fires can easily start under the right conditions. For more information on how you can be FireSmart, please visit ontario.ca/fireprevention .

To date, there have been 69 fires across the Northeast Region, burning a total of 213.2 hectares.

Have you ever wondered what types of aircraft are used in MNR Air Attack?
To learn more about our specialized aviation fleet used in fighting forest fires and other specialty programs, please visit http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/AF ... 65918.html .

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Post by Loco101 » Mon May 14, 2012 1:44 pm

Current Fire Danger by MNR district:

Timmins: High

Cochrane: High

Hearst: Extreme

Chapleau: Extreme

Kirkland Lake: High

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Post by FrancoFun » Mon May 14, 2012 1:45 pm

There's currently a ban against all open air burning in the City of Timmins.

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Post by Loco101 » Mon May 14, 2012 1:54 pm

Thanks Franco for the information. I guess there will be no bonfire at my place tonight! I looked on the city's website and the fire dept. and couldn't find anything.

I've always noticed that our city (fire dept.) always seems to have a ban in place before the MNR ever does. Glad they do it. And it's a good indicator that a Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect soon if we don't get any rain.

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Post by Kegan » Mon May 14, 2012 3:05 pm

[font=Comic Sans MS]MNR doesn't have any authority over fire bans in the City..[/font]

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Post by FrancoFun » Mon May 14, 2012 3:41 pm

Kegan wrote:[font=Comic Sans MS]MNR doesn't have any authority over fire bans in the City..[/font]

No, but if it's dry in Timmins, it usually means it's dry on Crown Land surrounding Timmins. I think the point was that the City is usually more cautious than the MNR and typically declare a fire ban first.

As for the ban itself, I haven't seen anything either, but they've been saying it on the radio all day. I too will have to reschedule plans for a fire tonight. At least we had one going yesterday.

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Post by JosephMcCarthy » Mon May 14, 2012 3:53 pm

Put on your boxing gloves and step into my ring!

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Post by Loco101 » Mon May 14, 2012 5:18 pm

Thanks Joe! I guess it wasn't on the city website until later today. Yes Franco and Kegan, what I meant is that our city is more cautious than the MNR when it comes to burning bans.

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 12:16 am

Current Fire Danger by MNR district as of May 15th:

Timmins: Extreme

Cochrane: Extreme

Hearst: Extreme

Chapleau: Extreme

Kirkland Lake: High

Source: Forest Fire Danger Map for Ontario

New fire reported on the Shawmere River North of Ivanhoe Lake near Foleyet.

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 12:17 am

Loco101 wrote:Current Fire Danger by MNR district as of May 14th:

Timmins: High

Cochrane: High

Hearst: Extreme

Chapleau: Extreme

Kirkland Lake: High

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 5:08 pm

Current Fire Danger by MNR district as of May 15th UPDATED:

Timmins: Moderate

Cochrane: High

Hearst: Moderate

Chapleau: Moderate

Kirkland Lake: High

Source: Forest Fire Danger Map for Ontario



Timmins 5 fire is now being held. That's the one in the West end near the trailer parks.

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Post by Mr. Rogers » Tue May 15, 2012 5:47 pm

Timmins No. 7 forest fire still burning south of Gogama

Westree residents forced from their homes take it all in stride.

By Len Gillis len.gillis@sunmedia.ca

Updated 1 hour ago


More than a hundred residents from Westree, south of Gogama, were forced from their homes Monday night after a large forest fire burned near their community. Highway 560, which runs east from the Watershed off Highway 144 is closed until the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) deems the area is safe again. The highway is expected to stay closed at least until Noon on Wednesday.
Many of the Westree evacuees are staying at Camp Gilla, a fishing camp/ logging camp located off the Sultan Road, about 35 kilometres from Westree. While residents at the camp were worried about the state of the forest fire, they were otherwise in good spirits. Camp hosts Linda Kent and Maurice Bodson said the guests were good-natured and easy to look after for the duration of the evacuation. The fire, known as Timmins No. 7, is located east of the Eacom Gogama Forest Products mill. Its presence is marked by a large plume of smoke on the southern horizon that darkened the daytime sky. The MNR reports that No.7 is roughly 200 hectares in size.
The MNR said that a weather system now tracking across the province will bring sporadic rain and the possibility of thunderstorms to some areas. After it passes on Wednesday the drying trend will resume. Fire starts and behaviour will be steady for most of the week, said the MNR.
The MNR reports there have been 17 new fires that developed in the province in the past 24 hours, making for 25 fires across the province with most of them burning in the Northeast region. So far this year there have been more than 200 forest fires in Ontario, affecting more than 3800 hectares. The number at this time last year was only 106 fire affecting more than 100 hectares.
A large forest fire occurred in Timmins Sunday afternoon in a rural area along Highway 101 West and along the western shore of the Mattagami River. Although two trailer parks were evacuated temporarily, there were no injuries and no serious property damage.

http://www.timminstimes.com/ArticleDisp ... ?e=3562485

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 6:28 pm

The small amount of rain today helped and tomorrow's cooler temperature may help as well. But weather forecast is showing a hot and dry May Run. As well, the thunderstorms coming through may mean some more fires.

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 8:40 pm

RFZ in effect as of midnight (May 16) for all of Northeastern Ontario!


This is not good news for those of enjoy who plan to get away for May Run.





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The following zones are currently under a Restricted Fire Zone until further notice.

There may also be locally imposed fire bans. Please check with your Municipal Office or Fire Department.

Northeast Fire Region Restricted Fire Zone Order (12:01am May 16, 2012)

Due to high to extreme fire hazard and increased forest fire activity, a Restricted Fire Zone Order will be in effect for the Northeast Fire Region, north of the French River from 0001 hours local daylight time on May 16, 2012 until such time as the order is revoked.



Current Restricted Fire Zones - Aviation and Forest Fire Management - Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources

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Post by JohnW » Tue May 15, 2012 9:00 pm

Why is that?

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Post by Loco101 » Tue May 15, 2012 10:10 pm

No campfires!

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Post by Loco101 » Wed May 16, 2012 4:36 am

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Post by FrancoFun » Wed May 16, 2012 9:04 am

Yesterday's little storm, in spite of the rain, probably started more fires. We'll find out in the next couple of days.

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Post by Loco101 » Wed May 16, 2012 9:09 am

The cooler temperature today should be a big help in calming down or putting out the fires. But the forecast for May Run is now showing a high of 30 for Sunday.

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FIRE BAN: MNR issues fire ban for all of North Eastern Ontario

Post by Mr. Rogers » Wed May 16, 2012 6:08 pm

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Bad news just in time for the May run long weekend.

The MNR has issued a fire ban for North Eastern Ontario.

The ban includes municipalities and crown land.


The use of propane stoves and barbecues are still permitted, but there is to be no open flames.

Anyone caught starting a fire can be fined $1000 and face jail time. Anyone found to have started a forest fire could be liable for costs incurred in battling the blaze.

http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/q92t ... n-ontario/

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Post by Mr. Rogers » Wed May 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Hwy. 560 now re-opened



By The Daily Press

Posted 38 minutes ago


Hwy. 560, between Hwy, 144 and Gowganda, is now re-opened to traffic.
Ontario Provincial Police announced the re-opening of the highway at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The road was previously closed due to a large forest fire in the area.

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Post by JohnW » Wed May 16, 2012 7:33 pm

Pheeew.

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Post by Loco101 » Thu May 17, 2012 1:24 pm

Current Fire Danger by MNR district as of May 17th UPDATED:

Timmins: Moderate

Cochrane: Low

Hearst: Low

Chapleau: Moderate

Kirkland Lake: Moderate

Source: Forest Fire Danger Map for Ontario

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