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KEY RIVER AREA ASSOCIATION


HENVEY FIRE UPDATES

Key River Area Association (KRAA) is a community of about 100 families (both seasonal and permanent residents) located in the midst of the Parry Sound 33 forest fire.

However, we are but one of the groups affected by the fire. As the fire continues to burn, we want our neighbours to know that KRAA stands together in sympathy and solidarity with those in all the communities affected by the fire. The community members of Henvey Inlet First Nation, Hartley Bay, Pickerel River and French River also have their homes under threat. They are either evacuated from their homes, cottages and camps or are under an evacuation warning.

Whatever our connection to the land, whether it is the place we spend time with the ones that we love or where we live or where we work or the traditional land of our ancestors since time began, we love this place and it has been devastated. Know that our thoughts are with you. Together, our community is strong. As neighbours and friends, we will weather this together and persevere.

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We are trying to collect all the updates here for you on the status of the Parry Sound 33 fire. We'll keep posting whatever info we have. Check the Facebook page as well as it will be more up-to-date at: www.facebook.com/KeyRiverAreaAssociation.

Remember that you can access all the info to reach emergency services at www.kraa.ca/emergency.html or by clicking on the icon at the top right-hand corner of this page.

For other information, you can always check:

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30pm

DISPOSAL OF FRIDGES & FREEZERS - We are pleased to offer the KEY RIVER/HARBOUR and EXTENDED BAY residents the service of the disposal of your white goods (fridges & freezers only) that were compromised by Parry Sound 033 Fire. There are a lot of moving pieces to coordinate this on short notice so HERE is the TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change with short notice):

This is the TENTATIVE PLAN no matter what the Travel Ban is at those times:

1) all KRAA Members and FB friends will receive this update

2) contact info will be Chris Dawson at Key Harbour Lodge at 1-705-346-2841 or info@keyharbourlodge.com to arrange for your pickup(s). Chris/Carol will keep the Master List of pick ups and dates. Thank you!

3) If a cottager has a fridge and/or freezer (WHITE GOODS ONLY) to be disposed of due to the Fire/Hydro outage then contact Chris/Carol Dawson of KHL VIA EMAIL with:

a) location of your cottage, b) your contact info, c) number of items to be picked up ON or at the END of your dock and d) DATE that your item(s) will be there.

It would be appreciated, but not required, if the white goods are strapped/sealed/taped shut. ITEMS must be EMPTIED of rotten food.

It would also be appreciated, but not required, if you were available to help load your item(s) onto the pontoon boat

4) Have your fridge and/or freezer ON your dock by NOON on Sunday August 19th, OR Sunday August 26th OR Monday September 3rd.

5) Chris Dawson (Key Harbour Lodge), Paul Ruston and Jim Shields (Camp Dore) will take the white goods to the dock at the Blue Building owned by Key Marina at Hwy 69 and unload to a BIN or BINS provided by Killarney. BIN location to be as close to boat launch/dock as possible. Killarney staff will help move the goods & remove the freon before disposal to the BINS.

6) Killarney will have the BIN(S) picked up Monday August 20th, Monday August 27th and Tuesday September 4th preferably closer to the end of the day to capture the most units dropped off.

7) Killarney to look into providing another BIN for cottagers' OTHER goods for disposal but you must transport the OTHER goods to the BINS yourselves. Chris's, Paul's and Jim's pontoon service is for white goods only resulting from the Fire.

Dates for OTHER GOODS BINS is still in discussion. You can take those items (exclusion list forthcoming) yourself or hire a local business to help you.

If you have any questions about the logistics or anything, please contact Chris Dawson, preferable via email for at least this week, as he will be the keeper of the Master schedule.

If you would like to help with the heavy lifting, then please contact Chris, Paul or Jim.

We hope you find this service helpful:) We are an awesome community!

Have a great day!

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:00am

A NOTE ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS - from PAR33 Fire Information Officer, Heather Pridham:
"I’ve had a few emails and phone calls inquiring when the travel restrictions on the road and waterways will be removed so I wanted to provide you with some information that I have shared with others.

The purpose of the an Implementation Order and its associated travel restrictions is to ensure public safety while allowing fire personnel to safely and effectively suppress the fires in the identified area. We were pleased to be able to modify the previous boundary of the Implementation Order when the fire status changed from Not Under Control to Being Held and we had a break in weather pattern.

While there is no exact timeframe to remove the current travel restrictions, the MNRF is considerate of the fact that it is impacting people’s lifestyle. Certainly the ministry appreciates the desire for a return normal life in this area and we are working hard to get closer to that goal. The travel restrictions that remain in place are allowing FireRangers and other ministry staff to complete their work as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we can all get back to normal. "

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:00am

NEW MAP - MNRF had a request for the travel restriction map to be revised so that it’s more accessible in terms of colours and hatch pattern. They are pleased to provide us with the attached revised map – note the travel restrictions have not changed, just the colours and the hatch pattern. http://kraa.ca/20180814_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD.pdf

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:00am

TODAY'S PARRY SOUND 33 UPDATE FROM MNRF -
Good morning everyone,

Please find attached the updated Parry Sound Fire 033 newsletter dated August 14, 2018. (Click http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_14.pdf to download.)

Yesterday, I went for a flight over the fire and took a few pictures. I have attached them here for your viewing. There’s still work to be done on the ground but we have certainly made good progress. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

You can view the fire perimeter map by visiting Ontario.ca/forestfire.

For inquiries about the travel restrictions, please call:

· Parry Sound MNRF 705-773-4218.
· Sudbury MNRF 705-564-7963
· To request a travel permit: travelpermitsPAR033@ontario.ca
· See the restricted travel and access areas on this PDF map

Have a great day,

Heather Pridham
Fire Information Officer – Parry Sound Fire 033
Northeast Region - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:30pm

PICK-UP DETAILS FOR FRIDGES COMING SOON - We will be updating you later today or tomorrow about pick up service for White Goods (fridges/freezers). Dates, times, contact info and instructions to follow. Stay tuned...

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:30pm

IF YOU SEE HOTSPOTS - If you see smoke/fire in the known fire area, not to worry. MNRF is flying over the fire constantly and is aware of the where the current hot spots are; they are also using infrared scanning to detect hot spots that may not be producing smoke but are holding heat.

Only call 310-FIRE if it's a new fire outside of the current perimeter of Parry Sound 33.

We have had a few hot spots near Dokis and thanks to those who reported them to us and the MNRF. They are aware of the hot spots and are working on their suppression.

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:20pm

BEAR ADVICE FROM MNRF -
"The most important step in minimizing human-bear encounters is to remove any items that attract bears, in this case it may be spoiled food or garbage that was left behind during the escalated fire situation. Keeping property free from attractants like garbage makes bears less likely to visit. Do not intentionally feed black bears – they will be able to find natural food sources.

Attached are some helpful information sheets. Here is some messaging on who to call if someone sees or encounters a bear.

Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an IMMEDIATE THREAT to personal safety and:

· enters a school yard when school is in session
· enters or tries to enter a residence
· wanders into a public gathering
· kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
· stalks people and lingers at the site

Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.

NON-EMERGENCIES

Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is:

· roaming around, checking garbage cans
· breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
· in a tree
· pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
· moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

The ministry also provides information and advice through the Bear Wise website https://www.ontario.ca/pa…/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise"

Here are some handouts on bear tips:
- http://kraa.ca/05142018-MNRF-Bear-Wise-keep-your-cottage-sa…
- http://kraa.ca/05142018-MNRF-Bear-Wise-avoid-bear-encounter…

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

There has been a lot of speculation about the cause of the fire. We just want to remind everyone that the cause of the fire is currently being investigated by MNRF but their priority continues to be protecting people and private property. The investigation is going to take time. So let's avoid a lot of speculation right now and let them do their job. However, if you have information you think the investigators should know about, please call MNRF TIPS at 1-877-847-7667.

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:45am

TODAY'S FIRE UPDATE FROM MNRF - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_13.pdf

Good morning everyone,

Please find attached the updated Parry Sound Fire 033 newsletter dated August 13, 2018.

You can view at the fire perimeter map by visiting Ontario.ca/forestfire. Click on the Interactive Map feature, and zoom in on the Parry Sound Fire 033. As you zoom in, the perimeter will appear.

For inquiries about the travel restrictions, please call:

· Parry Sound MNRF 705-773-4218.
· Sudbury MNRF 705-564-7963
· To request a travel permit: travelpermitsPAR033@ontario.ca
· See the restricted travel and access areas on this PDF map (Note: this map gets updated regularly).

Take care,

Heather Pridham
Fire Information Officer – Parry Sound Fire 033
Northeast Region - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_13.pdf

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

THE BEARS ARE HUNGRY - We've had reports of bears in the area. Much of their food is burned up an so they have been looking for alternatives to their regular fare. We have had at least one bear break in and at least one BBQ being "attacked". Please be really careful about not leaving garbage outside. Have passed this info on to MNRF to see what they can do for these bears. Please email us at info@kraa.ca if you have had bear encounters at your place.

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

GARBAGE!!! - Further to earlier info about clean up after the fire, if you have garbage from cleaning out fridges that needs to go down river, talk to Chris Dawson at Key Harbour Lodge.

Aug 12, 2018 - 10:00am

DAILY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 12, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Heather Pridham and Jason Gartshore: http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_12.pdf

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:30am

Karen Passmore has transitioned off the Britt IMT. Thanks for all your help, Karen!!!

KRAA welcomes Heather Pridham (Heather.Pridham@ontario.ca) who transitions on to replace her. Welcome to Britt!

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

WE HAVE HYDRO!!! - Thanks to hydro for the speedy service! The Key River hydro line is repaired. Hydro service is restored along the river, in the harbour and out past the mouth.

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU OR TRY WHEN DELAING WITH YOUR FRIDGE/FREEZER - This is a running list based on suggestions from those who have made it up.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Masks (try not to breathe in mould spores from your fridge)
  • Heavy gauge garbage bags
  • Mould cleaner
  • Some suggest to seal fridge/freezer with duct tape and take it outdoors before emptying to avoid letting odors and mould out indoors
  • For the inside, some suggestions include using: vinegar or bleach to clean/disinfect, baking soda for odor or mix it with lemon juice to make a paste for scrubbing
  • Some suggestions that leaving baking soda or charcoal briquets in the fridge when you leave might be helpful, too in removing any lingering odors.

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:30pm

REMINDER! STAY OFF THE RIVER UNTIL 8PM!! - Please stay off the Key River, from the highway to the mouth until 8pm at night and be off the river again by 8am in the morning. Fire crews need total access to the river during daylight to do their work. Let's let them do their jobs, please.

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30pm

CLEAN UP ARRANGEMENTS FOR KEY RIVER COMMUNITY -

Confirmed:

I have just spoken with Councillor Jim Rook who is working with the MNRF on waste disposal. In the immediate next 48 hours:

Key River Dump/Land Fill site is open today, Saturday August 11th from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. this evening

Key River Dump/Land Fill site is open Sunday, August 12th from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (all day including before and after the Travel Ban hours.

Still Working On:

We do not know yet what next week will look like for Dump Hours but are working on it. If you have to dispose of your entire fridge and/or freezer, please let us know once you are at your cottage/camp so we can arrange to have the appropriate number of Bins/Dumpsters/Trucks available at the Key River/Highway 69 site TBD. Depending on the number, we may be ordering a barge or pontoon boat for pick up. Knowing how many fridges/freezers are for immediate disposal will really help us make the appropriate arrangements. Thanks to Jim Rook and the MNRF for coordinating this for us:)

A good point was made on FB, please bring mould cleaner (and contractor grade garbage bags) with you as your cottage/camp may have some water damage. Please let us know how your camp/cottage is so we can gauge the damage to our community. Send us a quick note about the state of your property over the coming week(s). Thanks.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Have a great day!

Karen Turkstra
info@kraa.ca

 

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:00am

DAILY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 11, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Jason Gartshore: http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_11.pdf

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:00pm

SOME CLARIFICATIONS FROM MNRF - We have passed on some questions about the revised travel restrictions from our Facebook visitors to MNRF. Here are their clarifications:

"As long as the cottage is not in the fire perimeter** along the Key River, they are fine to spend the night for as many nights as they wish. They just need to abide by the daytime 8 am to 8pm travel restrictions on the Key River.

Yes to generators, no restrictions.

**If they do have cottages within the perimeter of the fire along the Key River, can you please have them contact the PAR33 IMC to discuss?"

You can contact Heather Pridham of the PAR33 IMC at Heather.Pridham@ontario.ca or 1-888-220-7242.

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:45pm

KEEP US IN THE LOOP AS YOU ACCESS YOUR PROPERTY - Let us know what you find (good and bad), what challenges you are encountering and what ideas you have for solving problems. Your neighbours are likely going through similar things, too. Let's share ideas and work together as a community to get things sorted as quickly as possible. Killarney is standing by to help where they can, too. You can email us at info@kraa.ca.

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:30pm

WORKING TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR DISPOSAL OF ROTTEN FOOD (AND FRIDGES, IF NECESSARY) - Stay tuned for more details throughout the day on Saturday. We are in touch with Killarney to work on a solution for disposing of stuff without violating travel restrictions on the Key River.

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

SO WHAT DOES THIS REVISED IMPLEMENTATION ORDER MEAN? -
First, have a look at the map: http://kraa.ca/IO-2018-06-PAR07_Map_V5.pdf

It means:
- If your property is on one of the roads marked in brown, you CANNOT get in yet without a travel permit from MNRF.
- If your property is in the fire perimeter marked in red, you CANNOT get in yet without a travel permit from MNRF.
- If you need to access your property via one of the waterways in dark blue, you CAN NOT get in DURING THE DAYTIME (8AM-8PM) without a travel permit from MNRF. You CAN get in AFTER 8PM & BEFORE 8AM without restrictions.
- If you can access your property from the small craft or other waterways not marked in dark blue, you CAN access your property VIA THESE ROUTES without restriction.

So for the Key River community, if you are in the river check the map carefully and consult MNRF (1-888-220-7242) if it is not clear from the map. For those in the harbour & Cleveland Bay, you can access at night. If you are in the bay, you can access from Britt anytime or via the Key River at night.

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:15am

Implementation Order and Access Restrictions

· Travel restrictions have been adjusted now that the fire is held. Access has been granted, with some restrictions (please see map at http://kraa.ca/IO-2018-06-PAR07_Map_V5.pdf):

o Water ways

§ All travel and use of the Pickerel River west of Hwy. 69 to Bear Island and Key River west of Hwy. 69 to Georgian Bay including all access from Georgian Bay on those water ways entering the fire perimeter or adjacent to it on its northern boundary, is prohibited during the daylight hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm unless authorized by travel permit issued by Parry Sound District or Sudbury District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

o Roadways

§ All road access west of Hwy. 69 south of Pickerel River in Mowat Township and the unsurveyed lands to the southern border of Henvey Inlet 2 Indian Reserve is prohibited unless authorized by travel permit issued by Parry Sound District or Sudbury District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

o Fire Perimeter

§ There is no access permitted within the fire perimeter as shown on the map unless authorized by travel permit issued by Parry Sound District or Sudbury District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

o These restrictions are in place for the purposes of safety and/or effectual fire suppression.

o For further information on the access restrictions, please call:

§ 1-888-220-7242

o To request a travel permit please email: travelpermitsPAR033@ontario.ca

o Access restrictions may be re-instated if fire conditions worsen.

· Please continue to respect fire operations in the area:

o Avoid the shorelines of the fire area, and

o Do not disturb crews working in the field.

Get official Implementation Order Update here: http://kraa.ca/20180810_1000_IO_2018_06_PAR07_Signed.pdf

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:25am

FIRE SAFETY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE - As people return home, it is important to remember that the fire is not out yet. There is a total ban of open fires - things are still tinder dry. People are to stay away from all the burn areas and the river by day to keep out of fire crews' way. They are still actively fighting this fire on the ground and are using the water buckets with helicopters.

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:20am

SOME ACCESS TO AREA WILL NOW BE POSSIBLE - Just heard from Jim Rook that there has been a change to the Implementation Order. So it looks like, in an effort to find a compromise between firefighting safely and residents getting access to their properties, we have a new Implementation Order. Effective today, access to the Key River will be allowed in the evenings from 8pm to 8am. Waiting for the official statement and for verification that the small craft route will be re-opened for day and night access.

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:07am

Getting revised Implementation Order coming in momentarily...

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:00am

DAILY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 10, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Jason Gartshore: http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_10.pdf

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:15am

Press release from MNRF - https://news.ontario.ca/…/parry-sound-33-forest-fire-now-be…

Aug 9, 2018 - 2:20pm

Great work, fire crews! - https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/major-northern-ontario-wildfire-no-longer-considered-out-of-control-1.4046661

Aug 9, 2018 - 10:30am

LATEST HYDRO ESTIMATE - We just received an update from Hydro revising their estimate for restored service to August 15th at 4pm. Again, we assume that this could change because it will depend on when they can access to assess the damage and what they find when they do.

Aug 9, 2018 - 10:00am

DAILY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 9, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Jason Gartshore: http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_09.pdf

AUGUST 9TH PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's most recent perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180809_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Aug 8, 2018 - 10:30pm

WELCOME HOME HENVEY! - Henvey band members returned home to their Pickerel River Road village today after two weeks of evacuation. Welcome home!!!

This is good news for Henvey and good news for us, too. If people east of the hwy are being let back, then those in the fire zone will be (soon hopefully), too.

Thanks, fire crews for the great job you are doing containing the edges of the fire and for all the ongoing work on the middle!!!

http://www.cbc.ca/…/northeastern-ontario-parry-sound-forest…

Aug 8, 2018 - 10:00am

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 8, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore, Matt Bell and Jason Gartshore.

Matt Bell is transitioning off of Parry Sound 33 and heading home for a well-deserved rest. Jason Gartshore will be transitioning in his place (Jason.Gartshore@Ontario.ca).

Matt - Thanks for all your support and for answering all our questions. Hope your next few days include lots of sleep!!

Jason - Welcome to the the Parry Sound 33 team!!

http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_08.pdf.

AUGUST 8TH PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's most recent perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180808_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Aug 8, 2018 - 9:30am

NICE MESSAGE FROM GBA -
"On behalf of the Georgian Bay Association and all its members, I want the KRAA and Key River community to know that you have been very much in our thoughts these past weeks. Our deepest sympathies go to those who have lost properties, and to the community as a whole for this senseless loss to flora and fauna.

Please be assured that the GBA ‎has been working behind the scenes, helping KRAA to deal with the current situation and addressing future considerations. Details will be following shortly.

Again, our thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,

John McMullen
President
Georgian Bay Association
www.georgianbay.ca"

Aug 7, 2018 - 10:30am

MNRF BULLETIN - Current fire situation in Ontario - Aug 7 update - https://news.ontario.ca/…/current-fire-situation-in-ontario…

Aug 7, 2018 - 10:00am

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 7, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Matt Bell. The beast will soon be tamed - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_07.pdf.

AUGUST 7TH PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180807_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf.

Note: Per MNRF - "The fire was not re-mapped this morning but there was no growth today."

Aug 7, 2018 - 8:00am

From IMT Information Officers: "The rain has helped suppression efforts, however the wildfire conditions still remain very high. High temperatures and lower humidity is expected to return in the coming days, allowing the area to become drier again."

Aug 7, 2018 - 7:30am

WORK IN THE AREA NEAR THE WINDFARM - MNRF Incident Management Team wanted to advise us of some work going on near the windfarm and provide clarification:

"We have been notified of an operation taking place over the next two days. The information is below.

Here is what will be happening:

- A heavy helicopter will be slinging hydro poles from a “lay-down area” which is on the east side of Highway 69 slightly southeast of the wind farm site.

- The helicopter will be staying on the east side of Highway 69 and flying south to do work on the transmission line.

- This operation is outside of the restricted area, therefore has no impact on firefighting efforts.

- The work should be done over the next two days.

What does this mean?

- People will see a helicopter and hydro poles and may assume work is underway on the wind farm site. This is NOT the case.

- All work will be done east of Highway 69 and well south of the fire.

- The work has been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the IMT managing Parry Sound 33.

Construction on the wind farm [itself] will not begin for the foreseeable future."

If you have any questions, please contact the Incident Management Team Information Officers (Matt.Bell@gov.ab.ca & Karen.Passmore@ontario.ca).

Aug 7, 2018 - 4:00am

Intetesting read about the potential environmental impact - https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/parry-sound-will-have-long-lasting-impact/

Aug 6, 2018 - 10:00pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 6, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Matt Bell. Things are looking encouraging - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_06.pdf.

TODAY'S PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180806_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Note: Crews have been unable to map a new perimeter since August 4th because of increased cloud cover. However, the fire has only experienced minimal growth, as crews continue to secure the fire perimeter.

Aug 5, 2018 - 11:00pm

Aug 5, 2018 - 11:00pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 5, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Matt Bell. Things are looking encouraging - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_05.pdf.

TODAY'S PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180805_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Aug 4, 2018 - 10:20pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 4, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Matt Bell. Things are looking encouraging - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_04.pdf.

TODAY'S PERIMETER MAP - Here is the MNRF's perimeter map from August 4, 2018 @ 8am: http://kraa.ca/20180804_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Aug 4, 2018 - 9:00pm

CTV News clip on PAR 33, featuring Key River's own Cary K. https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1454929

Aug 3, 2018 - 10:40pm

Today, MNRF has released their own perimeter map for the public to have more complete information about the fire. You can download their very zoomable and fine-grained .pdf here: http://kraa.ca/20180803_PAR033_InfoOfficer_ArchD_PORT.pdf

Please note that these maps are only current at the moment they are released. You will note that they show a timestamp in the bottom left corner so that you will know when the data was current.

Aug 3, 2018 - 10:30pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 3, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_03.pdf.

Aug 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

Hydro sent an updated estimate today for restoring power to residences on the Key River ppwer line. The new date/time is August 10th at 4pm. We don't think they really have a good estimate but rather just keep pushing the date out. Until they gain access to the area to send their crews in, they won't have a really good idea of how much work is involved. Once they are able to get in, expect a more realistic estimate.

Aug 3, 2018 - 11:40am

PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE RESTRICTED TRAVEL ZONE!! Apparently, a reminder is needed that entering the restricted travel zone without a travel permit can negatively affect the fire crews' ability to do their jobs, their safety, your safety and ultimately could cause the fire to burn longer or escape its current perimeter.

If water bombers see people or boats, they have to abort their run which means the aren't dousing the fire. You could endanger the pilot if he/she has to perform sudden evasive maneuvers to avoid you.

If fire crews have to stop what they are doing to remove you, they aren't fighting the fire. If you really want this fire out, you will stay out of the area and let them do their jobs properly.

However, if you are intent on getting in the way, please know that for disobeying an Implementation Order, you will be subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 and the possibility of a court appearance.

Please do us all a favour and keep out.

Aug 3, 2018 - 9:00am

INTERACTIVE MAP NOW HAS PERIMETER DATA - Many of you have been asking about getting access to accurate fire perimeter data. We are pleased to see that MNRF is now providing that on its interactive map at http://www.gisapplication.lrc.gov.on.ca/ForestF…/Index.html…. This is yet another example of the great job that MNRF is doing keeping us informed.

Aug 2, 2018 - 11:15pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 2, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Karen Passmore, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_02.pdf. Jonathan transitions off the fire today and Karen comes back on.

Aug 2, 2018 - 3:45pm

Article from CBC today - This is a good summary of where we are at. Don't be alarmed by the increased size of the fire. It is not that the fire has grown that much but more that they have been able to map it better of late due to favourable weather and get a more accurate measure. https://www.cbc.ca/…/canada/…/forest-fire-august-2-1.4770390

Aug 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

TOWN OF PARRY SOUND IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! - Contrary to recent news reports the town of Parry Sound has NOT been evacuated. Parry Sound 33 fire is burning almost 100km north of the town of Parry Sound.
https://www.parrysound.com/…/8795744-town-of-parry-sound-n…/

Aug 1, 2018 - 10:10pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - Aug 1, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_08_01.pdf

Aug 1, 2018 - 5:30pm

PRESS RELEASE FROM MNRF - View it at https://news.ontario.ca/…/current-fire-situation-in-ontario

Aug 1, 2018 - 5:20pm

CBC Article from this morning - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/forest-fires-update-parry-sound-33-aug-1-1.4768855

Aug 1, 2018 - 4:30pm

MNRF UPDATE - GENESEE BAY & WEST DOKIS CHANNEL - "Regarding Genesee Bay and West Dokis Channel, the fire has not crossed into those areas. Please use the CWFIS maps with a grain of salt, as there are disclaimers at the bottom that indicates they might not always be accurate. Our focus remains on fighting the fire, but because the nature of the fire activity is still active, we are holding off on releasing a map." - Matt Bell, PAR 33 Information Officer

Aug 1, 2018 - 4:20pm

NO PLANS FOR CONTROLLED BURNS TODAY - Per MNRF, controlled burns are being discussed but no further plans are confirmed at this time. That could change as the day progresses but for now, there are no further plans.

Aug 1, 2018 - 4:10pm

IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR FIRE FIGHTING - MNRF says values protection continues along priority properties. Today should be a good day to continue containment and develop hose line around the fire, as the high humidity levels and lower temperatures will make for favourable firefighting conditions.

Aug 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

CWFIS MAP - TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT - MNRF asked me to pass on to the community to please take the hotspots indicated on the CWFIS map with a grain of salt. That information is quite conflicting to what the actual story is, but they are not releasing a perimeter map of their own until the fire activity has stabilized.

Aug 1, 2018 - 3:50pm

THIS CIVIC HOLIDAY/SIMCOE DAY WEEKEND'S ACTIVITIES POSTPONED - Just a reminder that this weekend's Key River Area Association activities, including the Kids' Fishing Derby, Annual General Meeting of the KRAA and the Community Picnic are all postponed until we can get back to our cottages, homes and camps.

Aug 1, 2018 - 3:50pm

Update to the Go Fund Me - Key River Forest Fire. We truly appreciate the support!

Unfortunately Parry Sound 33 is still burning out of control. More than 10,000 hectares has already been decimated...with no end in sight. Multiple cottages have been lost, with many more cottages being damaged. Our environment has been greatly altered with the deforestation. The effects this fire is having on our endangered species and species at risk is incomprehensible. This is an emotionally turbulent time for the Key River - as a community we will rebuild and restore our beautiful corner of the world. We appreciate your support. Go to: Key River Go Fund Me

July 31, 2018 - 10:30pm

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - July 31, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_07_31.pdf

July 31, 2018 - 10:00pm

CONTACT INFO FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS - (We've been asked to add a few more names to this list so here it is with a few more of your elected officials.)

Many of our members are asking how to reach their elected representatives so we have compiled a list of their contact information. Hearing from their constituents helps officials to do their jobs better. It allows them to know what issues are impacting residents, how those issues are affecting them and the scale of the impact. Contact your elected officials at:

RIGHT HON. JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Prime Minister of Canada
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
Address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900

HON. TONY CLEMENT, MP Parry Sound - Muskoka
Email: Tony.Clement@parl.gc.ca
Tel. 1-866-375-8669 (toll free)
Address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 944-7740
Fax: (613) 992-5092

Parry Sound Office (Kirsten)
tony.clement.c2@parl.gc.ca
Address:
17 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1T4
Telephone: (705) 746-9053
Fax: (705) 746-7290

HON. CATHERINE MCKENNA, Minister for the Environment
Email: ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca
Address:
Environment and Climate Change Canada
200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
Telephone: (819) 938-3813
Fax: (819) 938-9431

HON. DOUG FORD, Premier of Ontario
Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org
Address:
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Telephone: 416-325-1941
Fax: 416-325-3745

HON. FRANCE GÉLINAS, MPP Nickel Belt
Email: fgelinas-qp@ndp.on.ca
Address:
Room 186
Main Legislative Building,
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A5
Phone: 416-325-9203
Fax: 416-325-9185

Hanmer Office
Email: fgelinas-co@ndp.on.ca
Mailing Address:
Suite 15
5085 Highway 69 North
Hanmer Valley Shopping Plaza
Hanmer ON P3P 1P7
Phone: 705-969-3621
Fax: 705-969-3538

HON. NORM MILLER, MPP Parry Sound - Muskoka
Email: norm.miller@pc.ola.org
Toll-Free: 1.888.701.1176

Parry Sound Office (Jess)
Mailing Address:
17 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1T4
Phone: 705.746.4266
Fax: 705.746.1578

HON. JEFF YUREK
Minister for Natural Resources & Forestry
Email: jeff.yurek@pc.ola.org
Phone: 416-314-2301

Ministry Office
Mailing address:
Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630
99 Wellesley St W
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3

MAYOR VIRGINIA ROOK, Municipality of Killarney
Email: grook@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone: 705-857-1100

COUNCILLOR PIERRE PAQUETTE
Councillor for Ward 2, Municipality of Killarney
Email: ppaquette@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone: 705-688-2961

COUNCILLOR JIM ROOK
Councillor for Ward 2 & Emergency Services Co-ordinator, Municipality of Killarney
Email: jrook@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone:705-857-1100

Killarney municipal office:
Mailing address:
32 Commissioner Street
Killarney, ON
P0M 2A0
Phone: (705) 287-2424
Fax: (705) 287-2660

July 31, 2018 - 2:30pm

FROM MNRF THIS AFTERNOON: "Structures protection continues along the identified properties where the fire is moving towards. At this time, this includes areas such as Cash Island, Davis Channel, and along the Key River. Depending on the direction and spread of the fire, priorities will be adjusted accordingly to keep structural protection top of mind."

July 31, 2018 - 12:20pm

FROM MNRF LAST NIGHT -
"The northeast and east portions of the fire were the most active and a few of these sections progressed eastward towards the CN Line. Crews have been working hard to slow the fire’s progression in this part of the fire.

Structural protection is being set up on identified priorities. Structures along the Pickerel and Key Rivers have had sprinklers set up on them today as well as structures along the French River on Hartley Bay Road."

July 31, 2018 - 12:10pm

TRAVEL ON HWY 69 NOT AFFECTED BY TRAVEL BAN - We received confirmation from OPP this morning that travel on Hwy 69 is not affected by the travel ban. However, should smoke make travel unsafe, there could be temporary closures. As always, check https://511on.ca/list/events/traffic… for the latest road closure information before heading out.

July 31, 2018 - 10:00am

Here is the explanation of the updated travel restrictions: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires#Par

July 31, 2018 - 9:50am

Aerial footage of fire on CBC - interview is from Sunday but not sure when the footage of the fire was taken: https://www.facebook.com/CBCSudbury/videos/2307124125971877/

July 31, 2018 - 9:00am

From July 30th MNRF update: "Even though the focus is on the northeast side, we continue to supress and monitor all portions of the fire. Aerial ignition on portions of the fire near Fox Island have brought
the fire to natural boundaries removing the fire hazard in this area".

July 31, 2018 - 9:00am

Travel restrictions updated to reflect the new evacuations. We don't think the Hwy is affected but will check with MNRF & OPP and post when we know.
http://www.affes.mnr.gov.on.ca/extranet/bulletin_Boards/province/PAR01.pdf

July 31, 2018 - 12:20am

NIGHTLY FOREST FIRE UPDATE - July 30, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_07_30.pdf

July 30, 2018 - 10:0pm

EVACUATION ORDER FOR HARTLEY BAY - All road access properties on the Hartley Bay Road are being evacuated tomorrow.

EVACUATION ALERT FOR ALBAN AREA - All properties west of hydro transmission lines on Hwy 64. Be ready in case evacuation order is issued.

July 30, 2018 - 10:00pm

BOIL WATER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR HENVEY - Please note if you are at the Pickerel River Road village!!

From Henvey Inlet Water Treatment Plant - July 30 at 10:16 PM
On the side of precaution we will be on boil water advisory. The fire supresion system has been interconnected with the Henvey water system, causing a potential contamination threat. The interconnection was made to help support the fire supresion. Water should only be used for showers, bathing, flushing toilets or doing dishes. Please use bottled water or boil water to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before using for cooking. We also extend the advisory for the trailer park system. Until further notice. We will update you of any changes when they happen.

If you have absolutely no need to travel the area, we would also encourage you to keep your safety and health in mind and avoid the area. This helps a great deal with minimizing risk to yourself or others.

Thank you.

July 30, 2018 - 1:30pm

MP TONY CLEMENT VISITING BRITT COMMAND CENTRE TODAY - https://twitter.com/TonyclementC…/status/1023953067664789504 & https://twitter.com/TonyclementC…/status/1023943783107330048

July 30, 2018 - 1:20pm

CONTACT INFO FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS - Many of our members are asking how to reach their elected representatives so we have compiled a list of their contact information. Hearing from their constituents helps officials to do their jobs better. It allows them to know what issues are impacting residents, how those issues are affecting them and the scale of the impact. Contact your elected officials at:

HON. TONY CLEMENT, MP Parry Sound - Muskoka
Email: Tony.Clement@parl.gc.ca
Tel. 1-866-375-8669 (toll free)
Address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 944-7740
Fax: (613) 992-5092

Parry Sound Office (Kirsten)
tony.clement.c2@parl.gc.ca
Address:
17 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1T4
Telephone: (705) 746-9053
Fax: (705) 746-7290

HON. NORM MILLER, MPP Parry Sound - Muskoka
Email: norm.miller@pc.ola.org
Toll-Free: 1.888.701.1176

Parry Sound Office (Jess)
Mailing Address:
17 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1T4
Phone: 705.746.4266
Fax: 705.746.1578

HON. JEFF YUREK
Minister for Natural Resources & Forestry
Email: jeff.yurek@pc.ola.org
Phone: 416-314-2301

Ministry Office
Mailing address:
Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630
99 Wellesley St W
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3

MAYOR VIRGINIA ROOK, Municipality of Killarney
Email: grook@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone: 705-857-1100

COUNCILLOR PIERRE PAQUETTE
Councillor for Ward 2, Municipality of Killarney
Email: ppaquette@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone: 705-688-2961

COUNCILLOR JIM ROOK
Councillor for Ward 2 & Emergency Services Co-ordinator, Municipality of Killarney
Email: jrook@municipalityofkillarney.ca
Phone:705-857-1100

Killarney municipal office:
Mailing address:
32 Commissioner Street
Killarney, ON
P0M 2A0
Phone: (705) 287-2424
Fax: (705) 287-2660

July 30, 2018 - 9:30am

SMOKE & IMPACT ON HWY 69 - There will likely be a lot of smoke today in the area of Hwy 69 and towns near the fire. If you don't need to be there, it's a good day to be somewhere else. If you are traveling in the area, you may want to check for road closures at https://511on.ca/list/events/traffic…. The wind will start to pick up in the early afternoon and drop off in the evening so morning travel and travel at night will likely have the least smoke.

July 30, 2018 - 9:00am

UPDATE FROM MNRF THIS MORNING - The structures in the Pickererl/Fox Bay area have structural protection placed on them; this is a measure we look at doing as the fire progresses towards key areas of note. So far we have protected over 400 structures, and those structures are a part of that completed protection plan.

In terms of the cottages on the Henvey on the southern part of the fire, values protection has been placed along those properties. The Air Ops team continually looks at every corner of the fire and adjusts their attack plan based on need.

July 30, 2018 - 8:30am

Chris Encing tweet on Britt Base Camp - https://twitter.com/ChrisEnsingC…/status/1023585017774137344

July 30, 2018 - 8:15am

Excerpt from an interview with Jennifer Kivinen & Lisa Kivinen - https://twitter.com/chrisensingc…/status/1023285284035854336

July 30, 2018 - 8:00am

Nice video of Arthur Belanger of Britt: https://twitter.com/ChrisEnsingC…/status/1023607168082366464

July 29, 2018 - 11:30pm

FOREST FIRE UPDATE - July 29, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - /ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_07_29.pdf

July 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

We have had reports of a flare up south of the river. Looks like near the east end of the snowmobile bypass/Beaver Creek???

July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Key River Area Association (KRAA) is a community of about 100 families (both seasonal and permanent residents) located in the midst of the Parry Sound 33 forest fire.

However, we are but one of the groups affected by the fire. As the fire continues to burn, we want our neighbours to know that KRAA stands together in sympathy and solidarity with those in all the communities affected by the fire. The community members of Henvey Inlet First Nation, Hartley Bay, Pickerel River and French River also have their homes under threat. They are either evacuated from their homes, cottages and camps or are under an evacuation warning.

Whatever our connection to the land, whether it is the place we spend time with the ones that we love or where we live or where we work or the traditional land of our ancestors since time began, we love this place and it has been devastated. Know that our thoughts are with you. Together, our community is strong. As neighbours and friends, we will weather this together and persevere.

July 28, 2018 - 10:30pm

July 28, 2018 update from the Parry Sound 33 Incident Management Team's Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_07_28.pdf

July 28, 2018 - 2:30pm

Update from Wright's Marina -

On a morning water taxi pickup north to Bekanon Island, (permit received from MNRF), I noticed the smoke is still visible to the north Fox Bay Area and also on the west shore of Henvey Inlet. The folks I picked up could see on the shore of the Henvey Inlet, the red glow and fire bursts across from their cottage last night(a km away).

On my return to the marina, I met a sailor and noticed some campers in the restrictive area of Sandy Bay. Please understand that the Implementation Order restricts recreational travel, camping, mooring in the vast area affected by the order. The MNRF and OPP are patrolling the area and escorting or turning away those that do not abide. Please be respectful of the order as they have enough to contend with.

With the wind changing we are now occasionally experiencing some smoke in Britt.

July 28, 2018 - 1:50pm

Article from CBC today - https://www.cbc.ca/…/can…/sudbury/parry-sound-fire-1.4765597

July 28, 2018 - 1:30pm

Premier Ford was in Britt yesterday - https://www.cbc.ca/…/sudbury/doug-ford-visits-britt-fires-1…

July 28, 2018 - 1:10pm

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians: Killarney has declared a state of emergency so if your primary residence is in Municipality of Killarney or you run a business in the Municipality of Killarney that has been impacted by the fire, you can apply for disaster relief. The form can be found at http://kraa.ca/Disaster-recovery-assistance-form.pdf. The guidelines & instructions can be found at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13744.aspx

July 27, 2018 - 11:00pm

Dave Seglins is following the story for CBC - https://twitter.com/cbcdaveseglins

July 27, 2018 - 10:55pm

Article on the impact of fire on wildlife - https://www.sudbury.com/…/what-about-the-animals-we-asked-a…

July 27, 2018 - 10:30pm

Tonight's update from the Parry Sound 33 Incident Management Team's Information Officers, Jonathan Scott and Matt Bell - http://kraa.ca/ParrySound33_FINAL_2018_07_27.pdf

July 27, 2018 - 7:25pm

Killarney has asked the province to ensure a stop work order on the Henvey Inlet Wind Farm until such time as the MNRF gives approval for construction to continue. See Killarney-Letter-request-stop-work-Henvey-2018-07-27.pdf

July 27, 2018 - 4:30pm

Video interview of Shayne McCool, Fire Information Officer for NE region with footage of water bombers - https://www.sudbury.com/…/video-talking-water-bombers-and-w…

July 27, 2018 - 4:20pm

Here is a little info on the famous Canadair CL-415 water bomber: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadair_CL-415

July 27, 2018 - 4:10pm

An article about the evacuation of the area - https://www.sudbury.com/…/meet-a-fire-rescuer-whos-saving-p…

July 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

From MNRF, here are resources from out of province working on the fire:

Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.

- Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
- British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
- Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
- Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
- Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
- Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
- Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
- Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
- Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
- Mexico is providing personnel.

Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.

July 27, 2018 - 3:50pm

Profiles in awesomeness #2 -
In appreciation of everyone helping out in the fire, we invite you to submit your own profiles in awesomeness about someone or some group that has made a significant contribution to fighting the fire. Just publish to your own Facebook page (make sure to make it shareable) and then message your Key River Area Association facebook editors. Or email it to info@kraa.ca. We'll share it here. Our first one is from Key River seasonal resident, Carl Spiess.

July 27, 2018 - 2:00pm

Accounts received that Grundy Lake Park will be evacuated today due to smoke.

July 26, 2018 - 11:00pm

Another article, this one featuring John Bell and the Dawsons: http://www.cbc.ca/…/key-harbour-killarney-forest-fire-parry…

July 26, 2018 - 11:00pm

Nightly update from Karen Passmore, Fire Information Officer, PAR 33 for July 26, 2018 -

Good evening,

Here is the update for July 26:

***NEW CONTACT INFORMATION: I will be leaving PAR 33 tomorrow, so all future updates will be from:

Jonathan Scott (Jonathan.Scott@ontario.ca) and
Matt Bell (Matt.Bell@gov.ab.ca)

Please feel free to email them your questions and concerns.

Also please find attached some photos from the fire line.

Overview:

PAR 33 is currently mapped at 6760 ha and is still listed as not under control.

- There was minimal growth on the north, the west and the south end of the fire.
- The implementation order and all access restrictions, including water access, remain in place.
- The southwest winds are expected to continue tomorrow, possibly gusting to 30 – 40 km/h.
- There is minimal precipitation in the forecast.

South/West Side:

- Crews continue to make excellent progress around the south west side of the perimeter, laying hose and working hotspots north and south of Key Harbour. This area is tied in nicely and we don’t expect any movement over the next few days in this area.

North/East Side:

- Today’s focus was on the north and east flank of the fire, which were once again active due to sustained southern and southerwesterly winds.
- The fire did put on some growth along the east flank, with a “finger” crossing Tower Lake and impacting the CN rail in one location.
- It is expected that the fire will continue to grow towards the rail line along parts of the northeast flank tomorrow.
- Waterbombers and helicopters worked most of the day halting or retarding fire spread among most areas of the perimeter, with generally good results.
- Values protection (sprinklers) continued to be placed along the Pickerel River, and began in Henvey Inlet as a precautionary measure.

Many thanks,

Karen

July 26, 2018 - 10:00pm

Article featuring our own Chris & Carol Dawson: https://www.parrysound.com/…/8764284--we-could-hear-cottag…/

July 26, 2018 - 9:00pm

For all those asking about access to the Key, here is the latest from Jim Rook's daily update: "Access to the Key river is still not permitted and a decision on removing the exclusion will be made on Monday July 30th."

July 26, 2018 - 8:50pm

Daily update from, Jim Rook, Ward 2 Councillor & Emergency Services Coordinator:

As of 6 PM today the fire report is as follows:

Key Harbour and Key River area

MNRF has over the past two days moved in crews and equipment south of the Key to gain greater control and fire control is improving.
MNRF has now been able to string 2 KM of fire hose with crews on both the north and south side near Key Harbour and these crews are attacking the hot spots which should have a significant impact on the fire situation in this area.
Access to the Key river is still not permitted and a decision on removing the exclusion will be made on Monday July 30th.

When I receive an update regarding the restrictions on travel I will let everyone know.

French River and Pickerel River

The situation has worsened slightly.
Yesterday and today the fire has moved to the northeast . It was a significant move yesterday but today air assets and MNRF and CN fire crews have slowed the advance.
The fire late this afternoon has crossed the CN line just north of the Key Junction and it is expected two smallish fire fronts will breach the CN line further north this evening.
The south shore of the Pickerel has been protected and the northern edge of the fire has not reached the shoreline.
The western edge of the fire by the Canoe Channel has remained stable between Clear and Walter lakes.
Tomorrow a controlled back burn will be started on the western flank as a protective measure.
The French and Pickerel of course are restricted areas and access will not be allowed.
CN has set up a camp at Hartley Bay Marina for their crews and equipment.
Smoke is quite bad across 69 and into the Alban, Noelville area.

Tomorrow A meeting will be held here with MNRF and after that I will let you know how the fire is expected to progress.

Jim Rook

July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

New article from this morning - https://www.cbc.ca/…/forest-fire-key-river-parry-sound-33-1…

July 26, 2018 - 6:50pm

Article on wind farm construction project - https://www.myparrysoundnow.com/…/work-halted-on-henve…/amp/

July 26, 2018 - 5:50pm

A lovely note from Barbara W. from Britt. If you need assistance/help/accommodation etc. in Britt, message KRAA and we can put you in touch:

Hello Karen,

I’m a resident of Britt. We have watched with horror, the devastation just north us. We are in sympathy with the residents and cottagers and are saddened by the loss of habitat, wildlife and environmental beauty caused by the fire.

I want to add residents here who are helping in many ways:

Several residents offered their hospitality overnight or longer to those who needed it.

The Legion has opened their building for use as a headquarters for the communications team for as long as they need it. They have organized volunteers to prepare three meals a day for that team, the firefighters and any one else involved in the fire fighting effort, again, for as long as it is needed. This includes the shopping, co-ordinating volunteers, cooking, clean-up and whatever else is necessary.

A local resident has agreed to the use of his fields as a landing, fueling and storage area for the helicopters. Soon trailers will be moved in for accommodation for personnel so they don’t have a long drive to accommodations elsewhere.

Sincerely,

Barbara W., one of your Britt friends.

July 26, 2018 - 5:30pm

There has been some confusion regarding the Key River Needs Your Help - Go Fund Me page. We would like to confirm that the KRAA has complete control and access to these funds. The KRAA bank account will be receiving the withdrawals on a daily basis. As a deeply committed and transparent Board, the focus of these funds will go towards Key River Area projects to help restore the area's devastation. It is premature to earmark these funds for any particular project as Parry Sound 33 is still 'out of control'. Rest assured we will involve our members to obtain feedback.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jennifer Kivinen and Lisa Kivinen
KRAA Co-Presidents

https://ca.gofundme.com/key-river-forest-fire

July 26, 2018 - 5:00pm


Postponement of KRAA - Annual General Meeting, Fishing Derby and Potluck Picnic

Due to the devastating circumstances that we are experiencing with Parry Sound 33, the Key River Area Association believe that we need to cancel the upcoming Annual General Meeting, Fishing Derby and Potluck Picnic.

It is with heavy hearts that we have come to this decision. Faced with uncertainty as to when we will gain access to our cherished Key River/Georgian Bay, we feel this is the right decision.

We will continue to communicate to our community and will advise of any changes.

Thinking of you all.
KRAA Board of Directors

July 25, 2018 - 11:50pm

Excerpts from:

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 25, 2018
Time of Report 23:55
(Full report at https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires)

"...
...
...
Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 required aerial fire suppression again today as fire activity increased. Stronger, warmer and drier lake effect winds than had been forecasted came from the southwest contributing to the increased activity. As a result, smoke was pushed across Highway 69 and into some communities to the east of the fire.
Resources on this fire included CL415 water bombers, two bird dog aircraft, heavy helicopters T802 amphibious aircraft and ground crews today. Values protection continues.
Additional crews from Mexico arrived on the fire today, bringing the total number of firefighters helping to suppress the fire to 90.

· Values protection (sprinklers) will continue to be put in place on structures along the Pickerel River tomorrow.

· Given the unpredictability of the fire, all access restrictions, including water restrictions, remain in place for the foreseeable future.

In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:
All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.
There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.
In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.
Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).
Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure. As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.
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 all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.
For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

Resources From Out of Province

Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to assist with the fire situation.
Alberta is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
British Columbia is providing personnel and equipment.
Newfoundland is providing personnel and equipment.
Northwest Territories is providing personnel, equipment and aircraft.
Nova Scotia is providing personnel and equipment.
Prince Edward Island is providing personnel.
Saskatchewan is providing personnel and aircraft.
Minnesota, USA, is providing personnel.
Wisconsin, USA, is providing personnel.
Mexico is providing personnel.
Additional personnel and equipment are expected to arrive in the province in the coming days.
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July 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

Daily report from Karen Passmore, MNRF Communications, Parry Sound 33 IMT -
Good evening,
Here is today’s update:

· The east side of the fire became active today due to unexpectedly stronger, warmer, and drier winds out of the southwest. As a result, smoke was pushed into some communities and across highway 69.

· 6 water bombers and 8 helicopters were deployed to the east side of the fire to help with fire suppression; however it is estimated that the middle section of the eastern flank moved just under a kilometre due to the increased fire behaviour. The fire perimeter is approximately 1.5 kilometres away from the CN rail tracks but remains west of Tower Lake.

· 41 Mexican Fire Rangers arrived on PAR 33 today, bringing the total number of Fire Rangers working on the fire to 90.

· The west side of the fire experienced minimal growth. Crews continue to make excellent progress laying hose north and south of Key Harbour.

· Values protection (sprinklers) will continue to be put in place on structures along the Pickerel River tomorrow.

· Tomorrow’s forecast calls for another day of strong winds from the southwest with the possibility of a scattered shower/ thunderstorm in the afternoon. The winds could result in some additional growth to the east.

· Given the unpredictability of the fire, all access restrictions, including water restrictions, remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Many thanks,
Karen

July 25, 2018 - 11:50pm

Daily update from, Jim Rook, Ward 2 Councillor & Emergency Services Coordinator -

Today there has been some movement with the fire.

At 11 AM this morning it was believed that the situation was stable. It is not.

As predicted the fire has moved east towards the CN track and away from OX Bay. It is now getting close to the CN line.

MNRF has put sprinklers on the CN Pickerel River Bridge and this afternoon CN has moved in some substantial fire fighting assets after a call from Killarney Mayor Ginny Rook to their Executive VP.

The fire movement now will be predicated by wind direction and speed tomorrow. We are still hopeful it will stay south of the Pickerel.

Smoke across HWY 69 tonight will be problematic.

Although not stated the fire is still out of control and the exclusion orders will be in place at least throughout the weekend.

Tomorrow the Killarney Municipal Emergency Management Group will be meeting with MNRF and the Ontario Emergency Management executives to try and formulate a plan and support system for residents and business operators in Ward 2

I will keep everyone posted as conditions improve or worsen .The wind direction and strength is now the most important factor.

Rain is not forecast.

Jim

July 25, 2018 - 11:45pm

Another article from CBC - https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4761113

July 25, 2018 - 11:05pm

Press release from Georgian Bay Association (GBA), an umbrella organization representing 19 cottage associations in eastern & northern Georgian Bay: http://kraa.ca/GBA_Press-release-HIW-fire-2018-07-25.png

July 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

Chris Ensing of the CBC's blog: https://twitter.com/ChrisEnsingCBC

July 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

Interview with some Key River folks you may know on CBC today: https://www.cbc.ca/lis…/shows/ontario-today/episode/15560671

July 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Another CBC article this one with some familiar faces - our tireless KRAA co-presidents, who got way more than they signed up for this week, Jennifer & Lisa Kivinen and our dear Ghaffar Khan - https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4758582

July 25, 2018 - 6:50pm

Another article from CBC - https://www.cbc.ca/…/sudbury/northeast-forest-fires-rains-1…

July 24, 2018 - 11:10pm

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 24, 2018
Time of Report 23:10

Regional Fire Situation - July 24, 2018

By the evening of July 24 there were 55 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 17 are not yet under control, 38 are either being held, under control or being observed.

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE EXPANDED

Restricted fire zone expanded to additional parts of the Northeast fire region (southern region)

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning, little precipitation and increased forest fire, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone to include some areas located south of the French River. This expansion of the current Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect as of 12:01 AM on July 24th, and remain in place until further notice.

The expanded Restricted Fire Zone now includes Zones 24, 25, & 26 which would include areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.
To date, the current MNRF Restricted Fire Zone covers Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, & 26 and restrictions will remain in place until further notice. See the fire map for an outline of the zones covered.
During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris, is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.
Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.
Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions in the Outdoor Fires Regulation (207/96).

The Restricted Fire Zone is a temporary measure to reduce the number of new human-caused wildfires as the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the OMNRF expects the elevated forest fire hazard to continue into the foreseeable future.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 is a fire that is approximately 5,612 ha in size and is currently listed as not under control. There was no growth today on the fire.

With high humidity and scattered showers, the fire remained quiet today. This allowed ground crews to aggressively establish hose lines south and north of Key Harbour on the west side of the fire and north of the Key River on the east side of the fire. As well, lines were established from the northern tip of the fire around the northeast corner.

We expect the fire to remain relatively quiet over the next two days; however fire conditions and behaviour can change quickly. Crews continue to monitor weather and fire behaviour closely. Residents will see smoke in the area as crews continue suppression efforts.

Values protection has been put in place in Key Harbour, along parts of the south side of Pickerel River and along a portion of the train tracks to the east of the fire.

A total of 8 helicopters worked the fire today.

We ask that residents remain vigilant and respect the Restricted Fire Zone prohibiting all open fires in areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.

PAR 33, July 24-2018 (232)

(Ontario FireRangers work to extinguish fire Parry Sound 33 today. Photo captured by Christine Rosche)

In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure. As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

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 all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

July 24, 2018 - 10:10pm

MNR Update for July 24, 2018:

Parry Sound 33 is a fire that is approximately 5,612 ha in size and is currently listed as not under control. There was no growth today on the fire.

With high humidity and scattered showers, the fire remained quiet today. This allowed ground crews to aggressively establish hose lines south and north of Key Harbour on the west side of the fire and north of the Key River on the east side of the fire. As well, lines were established from the northern tip of the fire around the northeast corner.

We expect the fire to remain relatively quiet over the next two days; however fire conditions and behaviour can change quickly. Crews continue to monitor weather and fire behaviour closely.

Residents will see smoke in the area as crews continue suppression efforts.

Values protection has been put in place in Key Harbour, along parts of the south side of Pickerel River and along a portion of the train tracks to the east of the fire.

A total of 8 helicopters worked the fire today.

We ask that residents remain vigilant and respect the Restricted Fire Zone prohibiting all open fires in areas south of the French River, including Parry Sound, from Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, including Algonquin Provincial Park and from Renfrew north to Mattawa.

July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

A friend of one of our cottagers has started this Go Fund Me page. Let's rally together with hopes of helping our community.

https://www.gofundme.com/key-river-forest-fire

July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm

Article from Global News - "MNRF investigating cause of devastating Parry Sound 33 forest fire" - https://globalnews.ca/news/4348372/mnrf-investigating-cause-of-devastating-parry-sound-33-forest-fire/

July 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

HYDRO - For those of you asking about Hydro, while they are saying it will be restored by 4pm on July 26, they don't yet have access to the river to put up power lines. I suspect the estimate is optimistic and expect it will be changed as we get closer to the 26th. Hydro is looking into the estimate and we will post more information when we receive it from them.

July 24, 2018 - 4:00am

Article from Globe & Mail - "Massive Ontario forest fire sparked by wind farm construction during extreme fire ban, workers allege" - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-forest-fire-wind-farm-construction-1.4758864

July 23, 2018 - 11:59pm

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation
Northeast Fire Region
July 23, 2018
Time of Report 11:59

RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE EXPANDED IN THE NORTHEAST REGION
Due to the extreme fire hazard and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has expanded the Restricted Fire Zone in effect to include some areas of the Southern Region.
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Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 saw aerial fire suppression again today. CL415s dropped water on the fire which was remapped at 5,612 hectares. Three heavy helicopters bucketed water to reduce the fire’s intensity and coordinated with ground crews. Values protection continues.

In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure. As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

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 all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF PARRY SOUND 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 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 Hwy 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.

All access roads west of Hwy 69/400, from Henvey Inlet north to the French River area are closed.

If a member of the public believes that access within the restricted travel area is necessary for non-recreational purposes, please call to 705-746-4201 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.

See the map at Ontario.ca/forestfire
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July 23, 2018 - about 6pm

Subject: Fire News Update from Jim Rook, Killarney Emergency Coordinator JULY 23, 6 pm

It has been confirmed that the fire today has stalled. The boundary is within 100 metres of the 10 am update.

This of course could change tomorrow depending upon wind intensity and humidity levels.

At the moment a light SW wind is pushing a small amount of smoke in our direction.( Hartley Bay Road) but not enough to create a mandatory evacuation for Hartley Bay Road.

As a long time smoker maybe it does not bother me.

Sadly we now know that our neighbours and friends on the Key River and Georgian Bay have suffered the loss of four and perhaps six camps.

In Ward 2 we did lose the Skinner// Mines house to an electrical fire this morning This was not related to the forest fire and has been suppressed and there is no danger to the area.

The Incident command post is still located at Camp Dore .

Tomorrow I have three more meetings and updates scheduled.

My optimism is now making me think that the Key River evacuation and exclusion order should be removed to allow access this coming weekend and get the businesses operating

If the trend keeps following today's trend I may well ask on Wednesday to have the French and Pickerel River reviewed and removed .

There have been some tense moments where communication could have been better , but I know now that the MNRF and OPP Ontario Parks folks have kicked into gear and soon we will have some positive news.

The best news of course is that we have suffered no injuries or fatalities.

The municipality did declare an emergency which fortunately will allow those cottagers and business owners to apply for Disaster Funding Relief from the province. This info will be posted on the municipal website..

I will update everyone again tomorrow and I think the news will be positive. and we all can stop wringing our hands.

Again pray for rain, light winds and high humidity

Jim Rook

July 23, 2018 - about 5pm

Article from Sudbury.com - "Parry Sound 33 fire has grown by more than 600 ha today" - https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/parry-sound-33-fire-has-grown-by-more-than-600-hectares-today-993782

July 23, 2018 - about 4pm

Our thoughts go out to those among us who have lost cottages or property and precious mementos of family and the generations spent here. This fire is a terrible tragedy for our beautiful piece of paradise and for our community as a whole, but it is especially so for those of you who have lost what you hold dear. We stand with you in support and in sympathy.

July 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

Heard from people on the ground that, as of this morning: mouth, harbour and Cleveland buildings are as they were yesterday. Fire made it to north shore of Henvey Inlet at the mouth but did not cross to the islands in the inlet.

July 23, 2018 - 3:00pm

Some info we have heard this morning:

1. Fire still classified as out of control.
2. At 5612 hectares.
3. HIFN wind farm ordered to remove equipment as they want a clear path for choppers and water bombers.
4. This order should be on Ministry website.
5. Anticipating fire status to remain as out of control for 30 days
6. focus on the fringes of the existing fire to ensure suppression and safety of people and cottages/residents.

July 23, 2018 - 10:30am

Update from the KRAA: Just drove out half an hour ago via the river. All cottages in the river and the harbour are still intact. Still many visible smoldering areas and some incredible damage to the landscape. Lots of MNR activity. Working diligently to protect our area.

July 22, 2018 - 11:50pm

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 was very active once again today. The fire will be remapped as soon as smoke conditions permit.

Since it was discovered on July 18, significant aerial fire suppression from CL415 water bombers and helicopter bucketing has taken place. Waterbombers continued to provide aerial suppression on the fire today to help reduce the intensity of the fire and support crews on the ground.

Smoke was noted in many surrounding areas. In the interest of public safety, on July 21, 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers have been on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated. Ontario Parks has also suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to park users (everything west of Highway 69/400).

Henvey Inlet First Nation declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure. As of July 22 the community has successfully and safely evacuated all of its community members, who are receiving accommodation and food.

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 all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-773-4218.

For updates on highway conditions, including closures, please call 5-1-1.

July 22, 2018 - about 10pm

Attached is the latest municipal press release.

The fire has now started to move in a westerly direction and away from the
Pikerel River. The fire area confirmed so far is 4380 hectares with some
projections indicating that it could grow to 8000 hectares depending upon the
weather, rain, wind Direction , humidity etc.

To my knowledge there have been no cottages burned on the French or Pickerel 2
have been confirmed as burned down west of Key Harbour and we are trying to
confirm if another 2 have been lost in this area.

The mandatory evacuation order for water access properties is expected to be
in force for a minimum of 5 to 7 days, although depending upon what happens
over the next couple of days the order may be extended.

We would suggest that all cottagers and campers return home.

Over the time that the order is in place the Key River, the French and the
Pickerel will be patrolled by the OPP to protect your properties and to stop
attempted access.

OPP will be posted at all access points on the three rivers..

We will communicate with everyone again tomorrow as fire information becomes
available.

Please forward our members and interested parties.

Thanks for your assistance.

Jim Rook

July 22, 2018 - about 7pm

Brief bit of rain, thank goodness!! but then turning to mist. Wind a little less and less gusty. Fire moving towards Henvey Inlet

July 22, 2018 - about 6pm

Message from Georgian Bay Land Trust

Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the forest fires in the Henvey Inlet, Key River, and French River area. Hoping for a safe and fast resolution to this scary and devastating situation.

To those elsewhere in Georgian Bay: please respect the ongoing fire/fireworks ban!

July 22, 2018 - about 1:15pm

Message to the KRAA: watching the helicopter drop water bags on the north side of the mouth of the harbour. Winds are relatively strong from the northeast. MNR diligently working to set up sprinklers on cottages on the north side of the harbour. Stay tuned. - Lisa and Jennifer K.

July 22, 2018 - about 1pm

Spoke with Ted Shannon @ MNR Sudbury Fire Office just now about rumours that construction will be starting up again tomorrow at the wind farm. Ted confirmed to me that there WILL be activity on the wind farm tomorrow BUT it is under the supervision of the MNR and in fact there are things the MNR has asked them to go in and do - like moving equipment out of the way, etc. The wind farm project management is cooperating fully with the MNR and the MNR will be there to supervise. He also reassured me that the MNR is there for the long haul to see us through this to the very end.

July 22, 2018 - about 11am

A moment of gratitude -

This fire is awful - no debating it. The loss of nature and loss of property is all sadness and grief.

However, throughout this horrible ordeal, we have been blessed as a community by the work of our first responders - MNR, firefighters, conservation officers, OPP, Coast Guard, etc, etc - who are fighting tirelessly on the ground, in the air and on the water to get this fire out and keep us and our properties out of harms way. You guys are the best!!! We love you!

We have also been blessed by friends, neighbours and community members who are working tirelessly - whether they are here physically or just here in spirit - to help in whatever way they can. Thank you for your support! We have an amazing community!

I have also been floored by the offers of support from the broader community and by total strangers offering their help and assistance. We are very much blessed for that. Thank you!

July 22, 2018 - about 9am

Contrary to what is being reported in the press, this wildfire, now at almost 5000 hectares, was human-caused. This can be seen on the Ontario Govt's Forest Fire Interactie Map at www.gisapplication.lrc.gov.on.ca/ForestFireInformationMap/Index.html.

July 21, 2018 - 11:53pm

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation
Northeast Fire Region
July 21, 2018
Time of Report 23:53

By the evening of July 21 there were 64 active forest fires across the Northeast. Of these, 29 are not yet under control, 35 are either being held, under control or being observed.

Seven of the new fires confirmed today remain active at the time of this update.

Parry Sound 33

Parry Sound 33 was very active once again today. Fire crews continued to coordinate fire suppression work with bucketing helicopters and to set-up values protection (sprinklers on structures) in the area. Five CL415 waterbombers worked together with a lead birddog aircraft to drop water on the forest fire. An Incident Management Team will be deployed to this fire in the coming days.

Smoke was noted in many surrounding areas. In the interest of public safety, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)’s Parry Sound district recommended earlier today that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • ·         All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change in the fire situation.

In addition, the MNRF’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Conservation Officers are currently on site helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services has also been advised by Ontario Parks that the French River Provincial Park is fully closed west of Highway 69/400. All campers have been or are being evacuated.

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 all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-774-4218.

July 21, 2018 - 6:20pm

Email to co-president Jennifer Kivinen from Jim Rook:

Jennifer

The evacuation of the Key Harbour went well with no injuries.

One person was treated for respiratory issues but I am told is OK.

The properties at the Key Harbour were protected and saved.

Two cottages at Whistler Bay I have been told were lost to the fire.

Today we have been working on evacuating the French and Pickerel River
from Georgian Bay east to HWY 69.

The Hartley Bay road area is under an evacuation alert and as a
precaution have moved several elderly folks to Sudbury. We have also had
to move by ambulance a cancer patient who was very frail.

The Municipality has increased the area covered under the Emergency
Order to include all of the Key, French and Pickerel River.

By tomorrow all of the land access owners on Hartley Bay road will be
evacuated.

It is estimated that the whole area will be under these orders for the next 5 days.  
I hope this has been helpful.
Jim Rook

July 21, 2018 - 4:45pm

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE ON PARRY SOUND 33
Northeast Fire Region
July 21, 2018
Time of Report 16:45

Parry Sound 33 is now 4,841 hectares in size and not yet under control.

This fire was discovered July 18 and has since received a significant amount of aerial fire suppression over the last 3 days, with CL415 waterbombers overhead from early afternoon, well into the evening. A heavy helicopter is overhead also bucketing water and coordinating efforts with 7 fire crews on the ground.

Fire crews have been actively working to suppress this fire and values protection (sprinklers on structures) has been ongoing.

The current forecast includes potential wind gusts of 30-40 km/hr and active fire behaviour of Parry Sound 33. Winds which had previously been out of the southwest, were causing the fire to spread in a northeasterly direction. The winds are now more easterly, which will cause the fire to spread in a more westerly direction throughout the day.

As a result, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Parry Sound district has recommended that the communities, municipalities and townships within the area below impose a mandatory evacuation of their residents with boat access only:

  • ·         All areas ranging from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to Highway 69, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River; including all residents and members of the public on both the north and south shores of the French River, and the Pickerel River, as well as Hartley Bay.

There is also a recommendation by the MNRF Parry Sound district to impose an evacuation alert to all residents within this area who have road access to their residences or cottages. These residents should be prepared to evacuate pending a change of the fire situation.

In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Sudbury district has recommended that all residents along Hartley Bay Road be placed on an evacuation alert, pending changes to the fire situation.

The OPP and Conservation Officers are currently onsite helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services has also been advised by Ontario Parks that they have suspended permit sales for the French River Delta and Pickerel River areas and are restricting entry to any park users (everything West of highway 69/400).

They have established a dedicated phone line for park users to contact for information (705-857-1630 ext 224)

Currently closed campsites include 930 on the Key River, and sites 910,911,912 on the southern portion of the Pickerel River north of Dokis Island.

The situation is developing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

For information about the fire situation, call 705-564-6165.

For media inquiries, call 705-564-6156.

For inquiries about French River Provincial Park restrictions: 705-857-1630 ext 224

For Parry Sound District information, including all calls related to the recommendation of these evacuations and alerts, call 705-774-4218.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • ·         Parry Sound 33 continues to create a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews are on site. It is expected that this 4,841 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the days to come.
  • ·         Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • ·         AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • ·         If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • ·         To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • ·         To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • ·         Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • ·         For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

 

Report prepared by Isabelle Chenard

 

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July 21, 2018 - 10:09am

The route to Britt is open. Don't foresee any issues with getting out that way if you are still out on the Bay. If you are up there and want to connect with others, email me at info@kraa.ca and I can put you in touch with some people.

July 21, 2018 - 9:41am

If you want to get to the hwy via the Key, now is your chance. As of 15 minutes ago, they were letting people down the river from the bay to the hwy to get out ONLY, not allowed to stop at cottages or anywhere else. Don't know how long it will stay open. They'll likely close once water bombers are in the area again.

July 20, 2018 - 11:00pm

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation Update
Northeast Fire Region
July 20, 2018
Time of Report 23:00

Today was another very active day on the fireline in the Northeast Region. Increased fire behavior led to the closure of the TransCanada highway due to smoke from forest fires. MNRF’s Parry Sound District recommended a mandatory evacuation to the communities of Key Harbour and a small portion of the Municipality of Killarney (south of the French River Provincial Park).

By the evening of July 20, there were 65 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these, 34 are not yet under control, 31 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 8 new starts in the region today.

A very active Parry Sound 33 fire grew considerably today to 1,900 hectares. The aggressive fire behaviour early on in the day prompted the MNRF’s Parry Sound District to recommend a mandatory evacuation to the community of Key Harbour on the south side of the Key River; and a mandatory evacuation to the municipality of Killarney for residents on the north side of the Key River (SOUTH of French River Provincial Park), as a precaution. Ontario Provincial Police officers and Conservation Officers facilitated the evacuation implemented by the two communities, and safely guided all residents and members of the public out of the area. It has been confirmed that the fire, which had started on the south side of the Key River, has now also spread to the north side of the Key River, into French River Provincial Park.

July 20, 2018 - 7:30pm


Email from our councillor:

Karen

The latest report is that the evacuation has been completed.

MNRF has placed sprinklers around properties in Key Harbour to protect these properties.

The fire has now jumped the Key River. and is now heading in a NW direction towards the Pickerel River. Fortunately there are no cottages in its path.

Access to the Key River has been blocked by the OPP and MNRF.

The municipality has declared an emergency from the Key north to the Pickerel River and east from Georgian Bay to Hwy 69.

Tomorrow at 11 am we will be having a meeting with all the agencies and I will update you after the meeting.

Thanks

Jim Rook

July 20, 2018 - 1:50pm

EVACUATION ORDER

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE ON PARRY SOUND 33
Northeast Fire Region
July 20, 2018
Time of Report 13:15

It will be an active day on the fireline today in the Northeast Region. Hot and dry conditions, combined with moderate winds are expected throughout the day.

Parry Sound 33 is currently 384 hectares in size and not under control.

This fire was discovered July 18 and has since received a significant amount of aerial fire suppression over the last 2 days, with CL415 waterbombers overhead from early afternoon, well into the evening.

Fire crews have been actively working to suppress this fire and values protection (sprinklers on structures) has been initiated as a precautionary measure and will continue.

Due to the current hot, dry and windy conditions in the Key Harbour area which is in proximity to Parry Sound 33, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Parry Sound District has recommended that the community of Key River impose a mandatory evacuation of the Key Harbour area on the south side of the Key River; and has recommended that the municipality of Killarney impose a mandatory evacuation for residents on the north side of the Key River (SOUTH of French River Provincial Park), as a precaution.

This area is boat access only, and residents will be exiting the area using the nearby waterway.

Residents are being instructed to get in their boats and move upriver to Key Harbour Landing, then leave the area by vehicle.

The OPP and Conservation Officers are currently onsite helping notify the public of the situation, and facilitating this evacuation.

The situation is developing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

For information about the fire situation, call 705-564-6165.

For media inquiries, call 705-564-6146.

For French media inquiries, call 705-564-6156.

SMOKE CONCERNS

  • ·         Parry Sound 33 continues to create a significant amount of smoke along Hwy 69, south of Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Aerial fire suppression and ground crews are on site. It is expected that this 384 hectare fire will continue to create smoke in the days to come.
  • ·         Many Ontario residents have reported smoke drift in their communities. Smoky conditions are expected to continue when fires are active, until weather patterns change.
  • ·         AFFES is reminding the public that if they do see flames or smoke, please report it, and stay away from the area in the interest of public safety.
  • ·         If you have questions or concerns about smoke and your health, please contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

FIRE NUMBERS AND ONLINE INFORMATION:

  • ·         To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • ·         To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • ·         Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • ·         For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

July 20, 2018 - 12:45pm

NOON UPDATE: Pictures from the drone and an island taken shortly after 12:00. At least 2 water bombers doing drops. Wind has shifted more to the south gusting to 24 kph.

July 20, 2018 - 11:40am

EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED - Confirmed with Northeast Region Fire Information Officer, Shayne McCool, that indeed an evacuation order has been issued. OPP are in the area going door-to-door for people affected and getting them out to the water. They are putting in measures to protect at risk structures with sprinklers. They are preparing a statement now. We will post it when it becomes available. Be safe out there and listen to the OPP. If you are up there, be ready to leave on short notice.

July 20, 2018 - 11:04am

WATER BOMBERS ARE BACK - They just started bombing behind the camps/cottages on the south shore of Cleveland Bay.

July 20, 2018 - 11:00am

There are some signs of the fire flaring up again today. There is smoke blowing from the fire westward in the direction of the harbour. This means that there will likely be bombers in the area again today.

If you are trying to head out there, please check with the marinas that you'll be allowed to go down the river. There are currently no water bombers active but if that changes, they will close down access to the river for safety. Remember personal safety is more important than anything at the camp.

July 20, 2018 - 8:45am

Morning Update:

Fire appears to be more settled – see attached drone shot. Wind has changed to the southeast and we are recording gusts of 27 kph.

There were four water bombers yesterday afternoon. We have not seen any aerial activity this morning.

If you are up there and things start to flare up or the situation changes for the worse, please don't hesitate to call the MNR's fire hotline at 310-FIRE or 911. I'm sure they would rather hear too much than too little about what is happening.

A southeast wind is not good for the harbour area. It will blow the smoke and fire west towards Cleveland Bay and Key Harbour. It could also cause the fire to cross the river, especially if it gets to the narrows at McKinneys'. This is the wind prediction for the next 2 days:

 

July 19, 2018 - 8pm

Emails from our Ward 2 councillor, Jim Rook

Karen

The MNRF has suppressed the fire but it is not yet classified as under
control.

The water bombers will continue to work until 9:30 tonight.

Fire crews will be there all night and most likely through the weekend
and one crew will be assigned most likely for a full week.

The wind has dropped substantially and MNRF does not expect that it
will jump the river tonight and they are optimistic tomorrow will not be
an issue .

Jim Rook

 

Karen

As you know yesterday a fire started on the wind farm site south of the
Key River.

The present situation is as follows:

The fire is now 1 Km south of the Key and approximately 6 miles west of
the highway.

MNRF has brought in more resources to try and stop the fire. Water
Bombers and fire crews.

There is no mandatory evacuation order expected at this time.

MNRF does suggest that if you do not need to be in the area to leave.

If you are planning to arrive today it would be best to delay your
arrival until tomorrow.

They also suggest if at camp and near the fire site to water down your
roof and deck as a precautionary measure.

I have contacted Camp Dore, Key Harbour Lodge and Paul Ruston to
spread the word. Paul reports that the Harbour area does not seem to be
in any immediate danger and the water bombers are responding rapidly.

I thought you would like to advise your members.

Thanks for your help.

Jim Rook

KEY POINTS

Key points are the IMPORTANT REMINDERS & NEWS you need to know now:

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - Winter 2017

Welcome to 2017 Everyone! It has been a very weird winter so far. Let's hope for lots of snow and cold temperatures for the rest of the season for all of the winter enthusiasts and to help maintain our water levels.

Please find enclosed our 2017 Annual Membership Renewal Form for the KRAA and GBA. The form is slightly revised so please fill in any of the optional blank spaces as we try to build our communication matrix for broader information blasts and emergency broadcasts. If you could please renew at your earliest convenience it would be greatly appreciated by our Treasurer. Thanks.

As a result of last summer's AGM, here are the names of your KRAA Board members: Peter Turkstra (President), Lisa Kivinen (VP), Lorri Davies (Secretary), Karen Turkstra (Treasurer), Jennifer Spiess (webmaster), Chris Dawson (past President), Andrew Hurlbut (GBA rep), Alan Burke, Daniele Fleming, Jennifer Kivinen, Paul Ruston & Jerry Smitka. A big welcome to our new Board member Lorri Davies. Retired from the Board is Lana Calder, Ted Clarke and Cary Kokkonen. Many thanks to ALL past and present board members for their volunteer service and time to our shared piece of paradise on the Geor-gian Bay. Please contact any one of us with questions or concerns.

Here are the Updates to Ongoing Initiatives that the Board has been working on:

Please refer to the website or facebook page for updates and more detailed information on the issues:

Sincerely and on behalf of the Board, thank you for your continued KRAA membership,

- Peter Turkstra, President KRAA, pturkstra@sympatico.ca

 

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