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HENVEY FIRE UPDATES

We are trying to collect all the updates here for you on the status of the Henvey fire burning on the south side of the Key River. We'll keep posting whatever info we have. Check the Facebook page as well 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.

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

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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