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No new fires reported in Northeast Region on Wednesday

Timmins 2 fire is now more than 5,600 hectares in size
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A water bomber joins the battle at the forest fire near Gogama, south of Timmins. (Supplied)

There were no new fires in the Northeast Region by early evening on June 12.

At the time of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's update on Wednesday there were two active forest fires.

  • Chapleau 4 is located north of Hwy 101 between Timmins and Chapleau. Its status is “under control” at 16.5 hectares.
  • Timmins 2 was remapped at 5,622 hectares on the west side of Hwy 144, approximately 4 km west of Gogama, and its status is “not under control”. More information below.

At the time of this update, the fire hazard is low across the Northeast region; with the exception of the eastern portion of the Haliburton sector showing a moderate hazard.

Fire of note:

Timmins Fire 2

  • The fire remains approximately 4 kilometres west of the community of Gogama. The fire is burning on the west side of Highway 144 and running parallel to the roadway.
  • Weather conditions have allowed for a more effective aerial remapping of Timmins 2, and the fire has been resized to 5622 hectares, and its status is not under control.
  • Significant precipitation in the area has resulted in minimal fire activity. More rain is forecasted today and Thursday, and potentially through the weekend.
  • The forecast for tomorrow is announcing additional precipitation, estimating 25 mm to 35 mm of rain between today and Thursday afternoon. This will continue to help fire suppression efforts over the coming days.
  • There are 20 crews assigned to the fire, continuing progress north on the fire to consolidate hoselines. Values protection (the installation of sprinklers on structures) is ongoing.
  • A Basecamp is now set up and operational and an incident management team remains assigned to this fire.
  • No planned air attack today on the fire; however, aerial fire suppression is available should the need arise.
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff continue to work with the community of Gogama to aid community leaders and area residents.

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF TIMMINS DISTRICT DUE TO FOREST FIRE IMPOSED BY MNRF TIMMINS DISTRICT

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed June 11, 2019, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Timmins District where there are public safety hazards as a result of fire activity from Timmins #002.

The Order restricts travel, access and use in an identified area (see attached map below) and may be modified regularly to reflect changing fire conditions.

This measure has been put in place to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area. 

All travel and use of Jack Road from the intersection of Jack Road and Highway 144, westerly to the Ontario Power Generation Mesomekenda Lake Dam, at Mesomekenda Lake is prohibited.

All travel and use of Gogama Unit Road from the intersection of Highway 144 and the Gogama Unit Road, northerly to the north end of Carter Township (UTM 17N 440574 5299137) is prohibited.

All use and occupation of Crown Land or within 500 metres of the described closed roads within this area is prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call 705-235-1334 to request a travel authorization permit.  MNRF will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

Please visit ontario.ca/forestfire to view the current access restrictions and fire activity as this site is being updated regularly.




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