Special weather statement in effect for parts of southern Ontario.

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Due to a massive Facebook and instagram outage we haven’t been able to post on the page. Environment Canada has issued  special weather statement for parts of southern Ontario. 

 

Special weather statement in effect for:


Deep River - Whitney - Eastern Algonquin Park

Western Algonquin Park - Lake of Two Rivers

Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale

Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake

Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Bayfield Inlet - Dunchurch

South River - Burk's Falls

Bruce Peninsula - Sauble Beach - Tobermory

Hanover - Dundalk - Southern Grey County

Owen Sound - Blue Mountains - Northern Grey County

Saugeen Shores - Kincardine - Southern Bruce County

Haliburton - Minden - Southern Haliburton County

Oxtongue Lake - Fort Irwin - Northern Haliburton County

Bracebridge - Gravenhurst

Huntsville - Baysville

Port Carling - Port Severn

Town of Parry Sound - Rosseau - Killbear Park


Mild temperatures and potentially heavy rain Thursday and Thursday night.


Periods of rain, heavy at times, are forecast to begin Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts in the 15 to 25 mm range are expected by late Thursday evening. A few isolated thunderstorms are also possible Thursday afternoon.


The heavy rain will combine with mild temperatures near 7 degrees Celsius to produce potentially significant snowmelt and localized ponding on streets and other low lying areas.


The heavy rain and mild temperatures are associated with a strong Colorado low that will transition across northern Ontario Thursday through Thursday night.


Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Hydro One crews prepare for potential outages from forecasted wind storm

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A powerful storm tracking towards Ontario has prompted Environment Canada to issue a wind warning for a large portion of southern Ontario. Environment Canada mentions the potential for wind gusts up to 110km/h along the lake shores.  Ahead of this system, Hydro One crews are preparing for widespread power outages and have issued this press release below. 

 

Feb 23, 2019

-Customers in southern, central and eastern Ontario expected to be hardest hit-

TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2019 /CNW/ - Hydro One's outage prediction tool is forecasting that the incoming wind storm anticipated to start Sunday morning could cause hundreds of outages across southern, central and eastern Ontario. In anticipation, Hydro One is preparing its damage assessors along with lines and forestry crews to respond to any outages and emergencies that may occur from the damage that may be caused due to sustained high winds.

Hydro One's crews are being moved into position to assess damage and quickly and safely restore power to affected customers. An estimated time of restoration will be determined for each outage once damage has been assessed. Our outage tools will be up-dated every 10 minutes as information comes in from the crews on-site.

Hydro One prioritizes emergencies and restoration in such a way that brings power back to the largest number of customers in the shortest period of time.

Stay safe during a power outage

If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235

Tracking power outages

For outage information and updates, visit Hydro One's new outage map or download the free mobile app. Customers can also sign up in advance for text or email notifications. These free tools allow customers to check the status of power outages anywhere in Hydro One's service area and receive helpful tips and news. Sign up at www.hydroone.com/outages.

Household preparedness

It is critical to ensure that you and your family are of the prepared in case of an extended power outage caused by severe weather.

An emergency preparedness kit should include:

  • Water (recommend 2L per person/day)

  • Canned or dried food that won't spoil

  • A manual can opener

  • Cash

  • Windup or battery powered flashlight

  • Windup or battery powered radio

  • Extra batteries for your flashlight and radio

  • Any medical items you require

  • Blankets

  • Candles and matches. Remember to never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • First aid kit

  • Hydro One's emergency power outage hotline number – 1-800-434-1235. Ensure you have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage.

  • Fully charged cell-phone and portable power bank chargers

Keep your emergency kit in a backpack and make sure everyone in your home knows where to find it.

For more information about how we restore power and additional safety tips visit https://www.hydroone.com/power-outages-and-safety.

Hydro One issues power outage warning for Central and Eastern Ontario

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A strong cold front is expected to race across central and eastern Ontario  prompting Hydro One to issue a power outage warning. Environment Canada mentions strong winds in their freezing drizzle advisory.

“Strong westerly winds with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h are expected to develop overnight in the wake of a sharp arctic cold front racing through Eastern Ontario.”

Message from Hydro One

We’re predicting that high winds starting later today and into tomorrow could cause hundreds of outages across central and eastern Ontario. We’re preparing damage assessors, along with lines and forestry crews, to respond to any outages and emergencies that may occur. The weather is expected to pass through southern Ontario this evening before moving into central and eastern Ontario overnight.

An estimated time of restoration will be determined for each outage once damage has been assessed. Our outage tools will be updated every 10 minutes as information comes in from the crews on-site. We prioritize emergencies and restoration in a way that brings power back to the largest number of customers in the shortest period of time.

Be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

For outage information on the move, download the free mobile app. Customers can also sign up for text or email notifications at www.hydroone.com/outages

Waterspout outbreak over Lake Ontario

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Photo courtesy of Pietrina Spataro. Wellington, ON. 11:50 am

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018- Tuesday morning at 11:45 am, our page started receiving reports of several funnel clouds over Lake Ontario in Wellington, ON. As a result, Environment Canada and the National Weather Service both issued special marine warnings mentioning the potential for waterspout development.

“Waterspout activity is expected or occurring in the area.
Waterspouts have been reported over Lake Ontario. The conditions will remain favourable for waterspouts this evening.”

 

Waterspout photos from Lake Ontario

What is a waterspout?

A waterspout is a rotating column of vapour and water which extends from a  thundercloud to the water's surface. A waterspout looks like a tornado but is much smaller and weaker. The diameter of a waterspout ranges from seven to 20 metres and its winds from 40 to 80 kilometres per hour, which is strong enough to flip a boat. A waterspout may last up to 10 minutes. Waterspouts, for the most part, form over some of the major lakes of southern Canada during periods of cool, unsettled weather, usually from mid-summer to mid-fall. 

Source: Environment Canada


Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning.

Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.

If a waterspout moves onshore, a tornado warning is issued as some of them can cause significant damage and injuries to people. Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland

Source: NOAA


Environment Canada confirms tornadoes in Southwestern Ontario Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Weather summary
for Ontario and the National Capital Region
issued by Environment Canada
at 10:03 p.m. EDT Saturday 29 September 2018.

Discussion.

Environment and Climate Change Canada confirms tornadoes in
Southwestern Ontario on Tuesday, September 25.

Severe thunderstorms affected portions of extreme Southwestern
Ontario during the evening hours of Tuesday, September 25. Two
confirmed tornadoes and one probable tornado occurred around or
shortly after 9 PM EDT.

A probable tornado affected the Amherstburg area. Damage consisted
of a brick welcome sign being blown over as well as large tree
branches down. This is consistent with EF-0 damage. In this case
there was no evidence of a long and narrow path of damage which is
typical of tornadoes. However, the area affected was in line with
the damage path of a tornado that occurred earlier in Michigan. As a
result, this is a probable tornado.

A confirmed tornado affected the McGregor area. Damage here
consisted of a garage that was pushed over, roof damage and large
trees down. This damage is indicative of an EF-1 tornado with
maximum winds of approximately 150 km/h. The damage path had a
length of roughly 2 km and width of 50 m.

Another confirmed tornado affected the Staples area. Damage here
consisted of a drive shed that was destroyed, with the debris being
carried a considerable distance. Another building suffered damage.
Tree damage was also reported. This damage is indicative of an EF-1
tornado with maximum winds of approximately 170 km/h. The damage
path had a length of roughly 3 km and width of 50 m.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


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Environment Canada confirms a third tornado and two downburst from Friday, September 21st, 2018

A powerful cold front tracked across southern Ontario Friday producing damaging winds and a few tornadoes. 

 

Weather summary

for Ontario and the National Capital Region

issued by Environment Canada

at 5:19 p.m. EDT Monday 24 September 2018.


Discussion.


Environment and Climate Change Canada confirms three tornadoes and

two downbursts in Eastern Ontario on Friday, September 21. These

were from severe thunderstorms associated with a strong cold front.


A severe thunderstorm produced a downburst in Calabogie near 4:15 pm

Friday. A tornado then developed over Calabogie and tracked to White

Lake. Several houses have roof damage and many trees were snapped

and uprooted. Winds associated with this downburst and EF-1 tornado

are estimated to be up to 175 km/h.


The same severe thunderstorm then produced a second tornado that

tracked from 10 km west of Kinburn across Dunrobin and Gatineau

between 4:40 pm and 5:20 pm. This tornado damaged or destroyed

numerous buildings, overturned vehicles and snapped many trees and

hydro poles. There were also reports of multiple injuries including

several people that were critically injured. Preliminary assessment

of the damage indicates that this was a high end EF-3 tornado with

wind speeds up to 265 km/h.


Another severe thunderstorm produced a tornado which tracked from

the Arlington Woods to Greenboro areas in Ottawa near 6:00 pm. This

tornado significantly damaged buildings and snapped many trees and

hydro poles. Preliminary assessment of the damage indicates that

this was a high end EF-2 tornado with wind speeds up to 220 km/h.


Yet another area of damage from a severe thunderstorm was

investigated at Sharbot Lake. A downburst with maximum winds of

about 110 km/h knocked down many trees in the area.


Staff from Environment and Climate Change Canada, along with Western

University continue to survey and assess the damage to determine the

exact track of these tornadoes.


Any reports of damage can be sent to Environment and Climate Change

Canada by emailing ONStorm@canada.ca or tweeting reports using

#onstorm.


Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial

information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


End/OSPC

Environment and Climate Change Canada confirms two tornadoes and a downburst in Eastern Ontario on Friday, September 21.

Weather summary

for Ontario and the National Capital Region

issued by Environment Canada

at 8:17 p.m. EDT Sunday 23 September 2018.


Discussion.


Environment and Climate Change Canada confirms two tornadoes and a

downburst in Eastern Ontario on Friday, September 21.


A cold front tracked over Southern Ontario Friday afternoon and

evening resulting in severe thunderstorms which produced two

tornadoes and one downburst.


One severe thunderstorm produced a tornado that tracked over

Kinburn, Dunrobin and Gatineau between approximately 4:40 pm and

5:20 pm. This tornado damaged or destroyed numerous buildings,

overturned vehicles and snapped many trees and hydro poles. There

were also reports of multiple injuries including several people that

were critically injured. Preliminary assessment of the damage

indicates that this was a high end EF-3 tornado with wind speeds up

to 265 km/h.


A second severe thunderstorm produced a tornado in the neighbourhood

of Arlington Woods in Ottawa near 6:00 pm. This tornado

significantly damaged buildings and snapped many trees and hydro

poles. Preliminary assessment of the damage indicates that this was

a high end EF-2 tornado with wind speeds up to 220 km/h.


Another severe thunderstorm produced a downburst in Calabogie near

4:00 pm. Several houses have roof damage and many trees were snapped

and uprooted. Winds associated with this downburst are estimated to

be up to 175 km/h.


Yet another area of damage from a severe thunderstorm was

investigated at Sharbot Lake. A downburst with maximum winds of

about 110 km/h knocked down many trees in the area.


Environment and Climate Change Canada continues to conduct damage

surveys to determine the exact track of these tornadoes.


Any reports of damage can be sent to Environment and Climate Change

Canada by emailing ONStorm@canada.ca or tweeting reports using

#onstorm.


Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial

information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


End/OSPC

Ontario Forest Fire Update #2

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Forest fire updates

Northeast region

Regional fire situation - July 29, 2018

By the evening of July 29, there were 39 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 14 are not yet under control, 25 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Two new fires were discovered today, two fires were also extinguished.

Parry Sound 33

  • Between Henvey Inlet First Nation and Key Harbour, approximately six kilometres west of highway 69 and less than one kilometre south of the Pickerel River.
  • 8224 hectares
  • Not under control
  • Due to winds, the northeast side of the fire was the most active today.  Winds from the west/southwest may possibly bring more smoke into surrounding communities and along highway 69.
  • Northern areas of the fire held up well today west of Key Junction, however parts of the northeast south of Key Junction were quite active, but haven’t crossed the rail line.
  • Building and infrastructure protection was completed in Henvey Inlet. Protection for Key River and Grundy Lake begins tomorrow. 
  • Crews worked on the southeast portion to hold the perimeter and complete water hose lines.
  • Water bomber and water bucketing efforts on the east flank today.

River Valley fire cluster

  • Includes North Bay 25, 42 and 62.
  • North Bay 25
    • In Sturgeon River Provincial Park
    • 176 hectares
    • Being held
  • North Bay 42
    • North of Red Cedar Lake
    • 350 hectares
    • Being held

 

  • North Bay 62
    • Southwest of Hand Lake
    • 2,500 hectares
    • Under Control
  • 129 people working including fire fighters from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Mexico. 

Lady Evelyn fire cluster

  • North Bay 72
    • Approximately 30 kilometres west of Temiskaming Shores
    • Remapped at 27,275 hectares – a decrease of 304 hectares
    • Not under control
  • May become more active over the next few days as the areas start to dry out from recent precipitation.
  • Another group of Mexican firefighters has arrived at this fire and will be placed on the fireline in the morning.

Pembroke fire cluster

  • Includes Pembroke 5, 7 and 7, and Algonquin Park 11.
  • Pembroke 5
    • 37.5 hectares
    • Being held
  • Pembroke 7
    • 72.5 hectares
    • Being held
  • Pembroke 6
    • 697 hectares
    • Not under control
    • No growth was observed today
  • Algonquin Park 11
    • 34.2 hectares
    • Being held
  • Crews continue to make good progress on all fires.
  • For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 511.
  • For information about the fire situation: 705-564-6165
  • For media inquiries: 705-564-6156
  • For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext. 224
  • For Parry Sound District information, including calls related travel restrictions or to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
  • For Sudbury District information, including calls related to travel restrictions or to the recommendation of evacuation alerts, call 705-564-7963.

Northwest region

Regional fire situation - July 28, 2018

There were 13 new fires in the Northwest region by the mid-afternoon of July 29, another busy day to follow 23 new fire starts on Saturday.
At the time of this post there were 94 active fires in the Northwest Region: 27 were not under control, 2 were being held, 9 were out of control and 56 were under observation.

Fire hazard in the northwest region

The fire hazard is high in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout and portions of the Red Lake District. Dryden, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts show a predominantly moderate hazard.

New fire starts for July 28

  • Kenora Fire 94
    • Near Lount Lake, approximately 42 kilometres north of Kenora
    • 0.2 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Fort Frances Fire 23
    • Near Jackfish Lake, approximately 38 kilometres north of Fort Frances
    • 0.1 hectare
    • Not under control
  • Kenora Fire 95
    • East of Dowswell Lake, approximately 111 kilometres east of Ear Falls
    • 0.1 hectare
    • Not under control
  • Kenora Fire 96
    • On large interior island on Lake of the Woods, approximately 48 kilometres south of Kenora
    • 0.1 hectare
    • Not under control
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 89
    • Near Bow Lake/Pipestone River, approximately 19.5 kilometres northeast of Pickle Lake
    • 0.5 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Red Lake Fire 142 and 144
    • South of Whitemud Lake, approximately 40 kilometres Ear Falls
    • Red 142 0.4 hectares, Red 144 0.3 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Red Lake Fire 143
    • East of Ben Lake, approximately 54 kilometres northeast of Ear Falls
    • 0.6 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Dryden Fire 33
    • Near Favot Lake, approximately 65 kilometres east of Dryden
    • 0.8 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Fort Frances Fire 24
    • Near Russell Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, approximately 30 kilometres south of Atikokan
    • 0.2 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Fort Frances Fire 25
    • Near Oriana Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, approximately 20 kilometres south of Atikokan
    • 0.1 hectares
    • Not under control
  • Fort Frances Fire 26
    • Near Mount Lake, approximately 50 kilometres west/northwest of Atikokan
    • 0.4 hectare
  • Dryden Fire 34
    • Located on an island near Bear Narrows on Eagle Lake, approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Dryden.
    • 0.1 hectare
    • Not under control

 

Emergency area order for Kenora fire 71

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public of an Emergency Area Order for the area around Kenora Fire 71 to ensure public safety. As a result the order restricts travel on Werner Lake Road. as well as Crown land use and travel within the boundaries of the Emergency Area Order.

Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travellers. Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes. 

Help from other provinces and countries

Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation. A total of 610 firefighters and support staff, along with equipment, are currently in the province from:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Newfoundland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Minnesota, USA
  • Wisconsin, USA
  • Mexico
  • Parks Canada

 

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions in parts of Parry Sound and Sudbury districts due to forest fires

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 22, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Parry Sound District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity from Parry Sound #033.

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 on the French River waterway, Pickerel River (West of Highway 69/400), Henvey Inlet, Key River basin, and all associated tributaries that access these river systems, including all access from Georgian Bay, and all islands on Georgian Bay within the French River Provincial Park boundaries, Dokis Island system, and Puddick island and all islands north of Henvey Inlet near shore is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by Parry Sound District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
  • All access roads west of Highway 69/400, from and including Henvey Inlet 2, north to the French Ricver are closed to travel unless authorized by a travel permit issued by Parry Sound District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call  705-773-4218 in Parry Sound or 705-564-7963 in Sudbury to request a travel authorization permit.  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

Travel restrictions in parts of Pembroke district due to forest fires

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 21, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Pembroke District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity from Pembroke #005, 006, 007, and 008.

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 Crown lands located in the Geographic Township of Maria (Pembroke District) is restricted.
  • All travel and use of Menet Lake Road, Deux Rivieres Creek Road and Deermeadow Lake Road.  All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of the described closed roads is also prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call 613-732-5536 to request a travel authorization permit.  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

See the restricted travel and access areas on this PDF map (Note: this map gets updated regularly).

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Travel restrictions in parts of Kenora district due to forest fires

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 19, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forest prohibiting access in portions of Kenora District where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity from Kenora #071.  

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 the Werner Lake Road from the Manitoba border eastward to the end of the road is prohibited.  
  • All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of the described closed roads above within this area is also prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call 807-468-2501 to seek a travel authorization permit.  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity and the potential fire risk.

See the restricted travel and access areas on this PDF map (Note: this map gets updated regularly).

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Travel restrictions in parts of North Bay, Kirkland Lake and Sudbury districts due to forest fires

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 21, 2018, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of North Bay, Kirkland Lake and Sudbury Districts where there are public safety hazards as a result of increased fire activity.  This order is in effect as of 1800 hours EST on July 25, 2018 and will remain in place until it is revoked.

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 the following roads are prohibited:
    • South Pardo Road
    • St. Joseph’s Road
    • Baie-Jeanne Road north of Gibbons Road
    • Cooke Lake Road
    • Liskeard Lumber Road
    • Crane Lake Road
    • Indian Bay Road
    • Klock Lake Road
    • Roadhouse Tower Road
    • Mountain Lake Road
  • All modes of travel/access into Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Obabika River, Makobe-Grays River, Solace and Sturgeon River Provincial Parks, and all Crown lands within the area is prohibited.
  • All use and occupation of Crown land on or within 500 metres of all described closed roads is prohibited.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call North Bay District at 705-475-5546 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or Kirkland Lake District at 705-568-3201 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or Sudbury District at 705-564-7963 to request a travel authorization permit.  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the request for access based on the rationale provided, local fire activity, and the potential fire risk.

See the restricted travel and access areas on this PDF map (Note: this map gets updated regularly).

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Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires#Ken

Check out our Twitter accounts for safety tips and other forest fire related information. (@ONForestFires / @ONFeudeforêt)


Special air quality statements have been in effect for a few days now due to smoke from the forest fires. Below is the air quality statement issued by Environment Canada and Climate Change.

3:43 PM EDT Monday 30 July 2018
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Bayfield Inlet - Dunchurch
  • Espanola - Killarney
  • North Bay - Powassan - Mattawa
  • West Nipissing - French River

Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.

Possible high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires are expected tonight. Smoke plumes are moving northeast over areas near Grundy Lake Provincial Park towards Lake Nipissing and North Bay from forest fires west of Key River. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

These higher pollution levels may persist for the next few days.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and the Province of Ontario


3 Day outlook from July, 30th - Aug, 2nd, 2018

Monday and Monday Night…Over Far Northern Ontario, isolated thunderstorms may bring local rain amounts of 15 to 25 mm.

Tuesday…Over Far Northern Ontario, and portions of Southwestern Ontario, a few thunderstorms may bring local rainfall amounts of 15 to 30 mm.

Outlook for Wednesday…Over portions of Northeastern Ontario and North of Superior, a few thunderstorms may bring local rainfall amounts of 15 to 30 mm.


Update from the Municipality of French River.

Alban is on Evacuation Alert, which means residents should be prepared in the event of a evacuation order. 

As of 6:40 pm on July 30th, the Municipality of French River would like to provide an update for the Parry Sound 33 Forest Fire. As of today, Parry Sound 33 Forest Fire has affected a total of 8974 hectares. Upon consultation and recommendation from MNRF officials we are currently going into an Evacuation Alert for the Alban area, West of the High Powered Hydro Lines on HWY 64.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/148435552003001/posts/997219293791285/

 

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Evacuation Alert Preparation Sheet

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Below is a list of roads in the evacuation alert area.

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As of 11:55pm Monday, July 30, 2018 the Key River Area Association Facebook page has reported an evacuation order for Hartley Bay. 

All road access properties on the Hartley Bay Road are being evacuated tomorrow.

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