Thanks to dedicated fire crews and a bit of rain, the fire situation in northeastern Ontario has calmed somewhat. Here are some quick updates:
- State of Emergency lifted
- Access to Hydro Bay allowed. East side of Kenogamissi Lake still restricted
- Providing the fire situation remains stable, evacuated areas west of Timmins will be allowed to return home tomorrow. The Ontario Provincial Police will escort property owners back to their seasonal residences.
- Timmins 9 fire in measuring at 39,518ha. There are 110 personnel assigned to this fire.
- The state of emergency for the town in Kirkland Lake will remain in place until further notice.
- All of those evacuated in the area of the Kirkland Lake 8 fire have been allowed to return home.
- While we knew the Kirkland Lake 8 fire, that burned to just within 3 kilometres of town was human caused, we now know that it was caused by a campfire that was not properly extinguished on the east side of Elsie Lake (also known as Beatrice Lake). This area is a popular recreational area that is accessible by boat.
- Ontario Hydro One has just finished re-energizing the 3 circuits damaged by the Kirkland Lake 8 fire. These transmission lines feed the underground & mill operations for both Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa Mine property and AuRico Gold’s Young-Davidson Mine in Matachewan. The mines have been without power for their operations since the fire started on May 20th just north of Kirkland Lake Gold’s property on the west side of the Town of Kirkland Lake.
- Kirkland Lake 8 fire is still measuring at 2,635 ha. There are 83 personnel assigned to this fire.
- Kirkland Lake 13 is currently 696 ha in size located between area of Twitchgrass Lake and Hilda Lake, west of Hwy. 65. Values protection in the area has been taking place, and additional crews were added to this fire yesterday to aid in the effort. The fire is not currently considered a threat to the Elk Lake or Matachewan areas.
- Cochrane 10 is 159 ha and is Being Held with line consolidating and crews patrolling.
- Hearst 9 is confirmed as 970 ha with on-going values protection with air attack working the fire.
There are 24 active fires in the northeast region with 48276.8 ha burned to date.
There are presently 102 personnel from British Columbia in Ontario. Additional firefighters from western Canada will be arriving in Ontario on Monday May 27. These out of province resources are being added to ensure adequate capacity remains in place when Ontario FireRanger crews begin recycling onto their required days off. There are also waterbombers from Newfoundland and Manitoba working in the province. Ontario is grateful for all the assistance it has received from its fellow provinces over the last several weeks.
The weather is much cooler and the humidity has moved out of northeastern Ontario. However the fire hazard still remains very high and the restricted fire zone is still in effect.
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