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Five new forest fires in Sudbury area among 66 in northeast

Travel restrictions in place in Temagami area

As of the evening of July 10, there are 66 active forest fires in the northeast region of Ontario, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Twenty-nine of these fires are not yet under control, while 37 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 15 new starts in the northeast today, five of which are already out at the time of this update. Thunderstorms once again swept through Northeastern Ontario Monday afternoon and the ministry expects to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

Among these new fires are:

  • Sudbury 63, which covers 0.2 of a hectare, and is under control.
  • Sudbury 64, which is under control at 0.1 of a hectare located on Clapperton Island.
  • Sudbury 65, which covers 0.1 of a hectare and is located southwest of St. Charles.
  • Sudbury 66 and 67, which are north of Hwy 637 approximately 10 km northwest of Killarney, and are 0.5 and 0.1 of a hectare respectively.

Greater Sudbury is currently under a fire ban, as is the majority of the rest of the region.

Effective as of 5 p.m. July 9, an Implementation Order was issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry restricting access to an area of Temagami, where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that travel restrictions have been implemented in McLaren’s Road, Gibbons Road, Baie-Jeanne Road, South Pardo Road, and St. Joseph’s Road including George Gordon and Iron Lake Road, Red Squirrel Lake Road beyond the Jack Pine Road intersection and all access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the North Bay District.

Access to these areas is restricted and road blocks will be set-up to notify the public of the closure. Travel restrictions are in place and permits are required to travel through this area. 

Within the area, no Crown land camping, no day trips, no hiking, no ATVs and no access to private camps or cottages are permitted.

This measure is meant to protect the public and ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely fight forest fires in the identified area.

For information about these travel restrictions, phone 705-475-5512.