Fire rangers set up base camp in Gogama

The fire is still listed as 'not under control' though fire-suppression efforts continue to be aided by rainfall

A photo taken at the Timmins 002 fire line on June 8. Supplied/Christine Rosche

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Fire Rangers battling a 5,622-hectare blaze west of Gogama, have now set up a base camp in that community.

“There are 20 fire crews working to establish hose lines and they’re also working on values protection,” said Isabelle Chenard, fire information officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

“And there is a base camp being established in Gogama to be able to house staff on site, which is good.”

The fire is still listed as “not under control” though fire-suppression efforts fire crews continue to be aided by extended periods of showers and occasional heavy rainfall.

Chenard said there was another 25 millimetres of rain on Tuesday which contributed to lowering the fire activity, followed by another day of rainfall on Wednesday.

Predicted rainfall in the Gogama area for Wednesday and today was in the range of 25 to 30 mm.

Chenard said they also have heavy equipment working to remove some forest fuel ahead of the fire.

The fire is four kilometres west of Gogama, and still on the west side of Highway 144.

“I don’t have specifics on the value protection, but I do know they are putting sprinklers on areas of concern,” said Chenard.

The other fire close to Timmins is Chapleau 004, which is a16½-hectare blaze burning about five kilometres northwest of Ivanhoe Provincial Park.

Chenard said the park’s operation has not been impacted. The fire is listed as “being held.

“The fire was discovered on the late afternoon of the 8th of June. On Sunday, it was pretty active because it was a hot, dry, windy day. But since then it has been called ‘being held’ and it has seen a significant amount of precipitation as well over the last few days, so it has been exhibiting minimal fire activity.”

Chenard said there are three crews on the ground battling that fire.

Currently, the fire hazard is low across the northeast region, with the exception of the western sides of Wawa and Cochrane districts which are showing a low to moderate hazard.

“It’s low to moderate, for the majority of Ontario because we’ve had a widespread rain event over the last several days, all over the place,” said Chenard. “There are some areas in northwestern Ontario where they are showing a higher fire danger rating, but for the northeast, it’s mostly low to moderate.”

Despite the relatively low risk, Chenard said, “We want to remind the public to be mindful and vigilant, if they are planning to have a campfire or performing any outdoor burning. So they should know the rules for outdoor burning in Ontario during the fire season.”

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