The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are reporting that there are six new fires burning the Northeast Region, as of mid-afternoon on May 24.
Those fires are Chapleau 5, which is being held at 0.5 of a hectare; Chapleau 6 is not under control at 0.2 of a hectare; Parry Sound 13 covers 0.1 of a hectare and is not under control; Parry Sound 14 covers 0.3 of a hectare and is not under control; Sault 17 is not under control at 3.0 hectares; and Timmins 4 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare.
There are eight other active fires in the region, the ministry reported yesterday. Algonquin Park 1 is under control at 1.3 hectares; Hearst 4 is not yet under control at 475 hectares; Hearst 5 covers 2,747 hectares and is not under control; Kemptville 1 is under control at 1 hectare; North Bay 8 is being held at 0.8 of a hectare; Parry Sound 12 is being held at 1.2 hectares; Wawa 6 is being held at 1.5 hectares; and Wawa 7 covers 294 hectares and is not under control.
The forest fire hazard in the region ranges from moderate to extreme.
In other forest fire news, 80 people returned from Alberta over the long weekend, including firerangers, an incident management team, agency representatives, division supervisors and strike team leaders over the weekend. They will take some days off for rest and then return to work in Ontario.
Remaining in Alberta are 85 personnel who deployed there last week.
The ministry says Ontario is keeping adequate resources at home to continue fighting fires while still supporting Alberta.
For more information about the current fire situation, check out the active fires map here.