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PostPosted: August 9th, 2018, 11:01 pm 
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Posts: 55
Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
August 9, 2018
UPDATED – ADDITIONAL OPENING OF ROUTES
Bloodvein restrictions has been rescinded in Manitoba - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/fire_restriction.html
Ontario remains under significant fire load. WCPP has over 23000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed. Currently WCPP is experiencing some and increasing smoke activity which is associated with active fires in the area.
The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire. For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm
The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
· Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
· Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
· New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
· Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14
· Closures will remain in effect until it is determined risk to human safety has been minimized.
· Opened lakes are subject change as conditions may change.

The following lakes have been Re-OPENED to backcountry paddlers:
Larus
Sabourin
Barclay
Musclow
Mary’s
Craven
Ford
Artery
Thicketwood
Simeon
Dunstan
Wanda
Rostoul
Hansen
Talon
Bilko
Sylvia
Landing Crane
Blueberry
The following lakes remain CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
Gammon
Royd
Donald
Hammerhead
Murdock
Irvine
Sydney
Rowdy
Bloodvein in Manitoba is OPENED

General summary of fire situation:
· Fire behaviour increasing as fuels are drying out after last precipitation
· Weather forecasts are forecasting another drying trend
· 0 new fire in the WCPP
· 2 new fire in the Red Lake district
· Red 096 – called out as it has merged.
· Red 097 – minimal growth, few smoke visible, though good fuels for potential growth, majority of activity associated with interior fuel consumption
Red 086 – minimal growth
Red 103 - minimal growth
Red 108 - minimal growth
Red 076 - minimal growth
Red 081 - minimal growth
· Red 077 – Being held
Manitoba fire - 31000 ha - continues to be responded to – spread towards Ontario boarder has been minimal.
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

Firefighting crews continue to professionally work extremely hard at extinguishing existing and new fires. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.
Outpost Camp and Guests:
If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the closed lakes listed above, Ontario Parks considers these to be at HIGH RISK. Access is not restricted but is not recommended. If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the recently re-OPENED lakes ensure to maintain situational awareness.

Outposts / camp owners / outfitters - evacuations are the responsibility of the user; Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.
Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

Canoeists
Paddling through a recent burnt area can be a very unique experience as new boreal forest growth emerges. Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.
To ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes
· Stay off the CLOSED routes.
· Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
· SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
· Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
· Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
· Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
· Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
· Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
· Fires have the potential to move very fast
· Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you & the fire.
· If camping in the burn, check trees as the roots may be compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires. Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current real time situations.
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/
Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com
Kent.fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 9:45 am 
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Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
WCPP STAKEHOLDERS AND WCPP ENTHUSIASTS


As of 00:01 hrs CST on August 16th, a RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE will be in effect for Zones 2 (WCPP), 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 in the Northwest Region until further notice. It is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.


Failure to comply may lead to
1. Fine of up to $25,000
2. 3 months in jail
3. Financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire


What does mean to you?
1. CAN NOT have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
2. CAN NOT burn grass or woody debris
3. CAN NOT use burn barrels
4. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
5. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
6. CAN use a portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid (1 metre away from any flammable material)


For more information visit - https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions


Ontario remains under significant fire load.WCPP has over 23000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed. Currently WCPP is experiencing smoke activity which is associated with active fires in the area as well as fires in British Columbia.
· The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.


· For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit -
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm


The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
· Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
· Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
· New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
· Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14


Closures will remain in effect until it is determined risk to human safety has been minimized. Opened lakes are subject change as conditions may change.


The following lakes have been re-OPENED to backcountry paddlers:
Larus Lake
Sabourin
Barclay
Musclow
Marys
Craven
Ford
Artery
Simeon
Dunstan
Wanda
Rostoul
Hansen
Talon
Bilko
Sylvia
Landing Crane
Blueberry
Sydney – NEW as of Aug 14/2018
Rowdy – NEW as of Aug 14/2018


The following lakes remain CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
Gammon
Royd
Donald
Hammerhead
Murdock
Irvine
Bloodvein in Manitoba is OPENED


Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.


GENERAL SUMMARY OF FIRE SITUATION:
Fire behaviour continues to increase
Weather forecasts are forecasting another drying trend – possible thunderstorms this weekend
0 new fire in the WCPP
Red 097 – fire is back burning toward Donald forecasted to be at the eastern shore of Donald the evening of Aug 16th,
Red 086 – fire is burning within natural boundaries, making its way toward Larus pending wind conditions, may or may not make Larus
Red 103 - minimal growth
Red 108 - minimal growth
Red 076 - minimal growth
Red 081 - minimal growth
Red 077 – Under Control
Manitoba fire - 31000 ha - continues to be responded to – spread towards Ontario boarder has been minimal. Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.


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If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the closed lakes listed above, Ontario Parks recommends to ensure a safety plan is established and accessing does pose a risk. If you have an Outpost Camp on one of the recently OPENED lakes ensure to maintain situational awareness.


Outposts / camp owners on any lakes are NOT restricted at this time but evacuations are the responsibility of the user;Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.


Additional Information:
• Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
• Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
• At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
• Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires


CANOEISTS:
Paddling through a recent burnt area can be a very unique experience as new boreal forest growth emerges.


Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.


To ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes
· Stay off the CLOSED routes.
· Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
· SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
· Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
· Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
· Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
· Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
· Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
· Fires have the potential to move very fast
· Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you and the fire.
· If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.


For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires
***Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html


Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/


Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com


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PostPosted: August 18th, 2018, 7:34 pm 
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Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
Important Notice
As of 00:01 hrs CST on August 16th, a RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE is in effect for Zones 2 (WCPP), 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 in the Northwest Region until further notice. It is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.

Failure to comply may lead to
1. Fine of up to $25,000
2. 3 months in jail
3. Financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire

What does mean to you?
1. CAN NOT have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
2. CAN NOT burn grass or woody debris
3. CAN NOT use burn barrels
4. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
5. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
6. CAN use a portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid (1 metre away from any flammable material)

For more information visit - https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions
As previously communicated, Ontario is under significant fire load.

WCPP has over 23000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed. The park is experiencing smoke activity which is associated with active fires in the area as well as fires in British Columbia. This leads to poor visibility over the park at times.
• The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.
• For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit -
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm

Lake closures are based on the CURRENT fire situation and RISKS. Closures will remain in effect until it is determined risk to human safety has been minimized.
• Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
• Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
• New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
• Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14

The following lakes are CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
Gammon
Royd
Donald
Hammerhead
Murdock
Irvine
Note: Bloodvein River in Manitoba is OPENED

GENERAL SUMMARY OF FIRE SITUATION:
Fire behaviour is increasing – showing active fire behaviour, increase in smoke column development – “fires are waking up”
• No significant rainfall forecasted
• Thunderstorms forecasted Sunday
• 2 new fires in Red Lake District
• 0 new fires in the WCPP
• Red 097 – fire is working itself towards Gammon from the east side of Royd, increase behaviour from yesterday and the expectation will be for this to continue until rain
• Red 086 – active today, lots of smoke being generated north of Simeon,
• Red 103 - minimal growth
• Red 108 - minimal growth
• Red 076 - minimal growth
• Red 081 - minimal growth, but showing increase in smoke
• Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.
• Fires will be remapped shortly for updated perimeters

Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression.
Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

CANOEISTS:
Paddling through a recent burnt area can be a very unique experience as new boreal forest growth emerges. Please BE PREPARED and ensure your safety. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists; the forest fire threat is real.
To ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes
• Stay off the CLOSED routes.
• Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
• Know where you are on a map - understand your relationship towards the fires
• Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required
(InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
• Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
• Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
• Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
• Fires have the potential to move very fast
• Select a safe campsite – use the lake as natural boundary between you and the fire.
• If camping in the burn, check trees as the roots may be compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires. Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current real time situations.

Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0


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PostPosted: August 20th, 2018, 7:09 am 
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Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
WCPP STAKEHOLDERS AND WCPP ENTHUSIASTS
General summary of fire situation:
-Rain was received on WCPP fires last night.
-Varying amounts of 20mm – 1.5mm.
-Significant lightning activity within WCPP the night of Aug 18/19 – see map
-Behaviour will rebound as forecasted humidity / wind / temps are conducive to quickly drying out fuels
-Drought conditions are expressing themselves (leaves changing colour)
-Water levels are very low
-No significant rainfall forecasted (3-5 day)

1 new fire in Red Lake District
1 new fire in the WCPP
Red 097 – 38,110 hectares - rain did decrease behaviour, all structures on Donald have been sprinklerized.
Red 086 – 1,385 hectares - active today, lots of smoke being generated north of Simeon, currently consuming old burn
Red 103 – 504 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge after 1 week of no smoke
Red 108 – 138 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge after 1 week of no smoke
Red 076 – called OUT as it has been consumed by Red 097
Red 081 – 8,828 hectares, minimal growth, but showing activity on some areas around perimter
Red 174 – 0.1 hectares, being held
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING AND LONG FIRE SEASON. Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

===================================================================================================================================

A RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE remains in effect for Zones 2 (WCPP), 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 in the Northwest Region until further notice. It is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.

Failure to comply may lead to
1. Fine of up to $25,000
2. 3 months in jail
3. Financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire
What does mean to you?
1. CAN NOT have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
2. CAN NOT burn grass or woody debris
3. CAN NOT use burn barrels
4. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
5. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
6. CAN use a portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid (1 metre away from any flammable material)

For more information visit - https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions

==================================================================

As previously communicated, Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP has over 49000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed.

Currently WCPP is experiencing smoke activity AND IS INCREASING. Some is associated with active fires in the area as well as fires in British Columbia. This did lead to poorer visibility over the park today.
· The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.
· For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit -
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm

The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
· Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
· Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
· New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
· Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14

The following lakes are CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
1. Gammon Lake
2. Royd Lake
3. Donald Lake
4. Hammerhead
5. Murdock
6. Irvine
7. Bloodvein in Manitoba is OPENED

Ontario Parks will be monitoring these areas.

Thank you to outposts / camp owners who have installed their personal value protection (sprinklers) on their asset. These FireSmart practices aid AFFES in quickening their time commitment in setting up. It also lessens the burden on the AFFES resources. For more information regarding FireSmart https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/do ... booken.pdf
Canoeists:
Please BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists; the forest fire threat is real. Ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes.
· Stay off the CLOSED routes.
· Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
· SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
· Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
· Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required
(InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
· Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
· Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
· Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
· Fires have the potential to move very fast
· Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you and the fire.
· If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires, Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situation.
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/
Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com


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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2018, 10:46 pm 
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Location: Red Lake, Ontario Canada
August 23, 2018
WCPP STAKEHOLDERS AND WCPP ENTHUSIASTS
General summary of fire situation
Fire behaviour is increasing
Significant lightning activity within WCPP the night of Aug 18/19
Smoke within the Park today made for minimal visibility – this also makes it difficult to find new fires
Behaviour has rebounded - forecasted humidity / wind / temps are conducive to quickly drying out fuels
Drought conditions are expressing themselves (leaves changing colour)
Water levels are very low
Rainfall with thundershowers predicted for Saturday
1 new fires in Red Lake District
0 new fires in the WCPP
Red 097 – 38,110 hectares – active again today, area around Hammerhead, area around Simeon Lake has increased in behaviour which has caused a closure for the route south through Dunstan, Wanda and down to Carrol
Red 086 – 1,385 hectares - active today, lots of smoke being generated, currently consuming old burn
Red 103 – 504 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
Red 108 – 138 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
Red 076 – called OUT as it has been consumed by Red 097
Red 081 – 8,828 hectares, minimal growth, but showing activity on some areas around perimeter
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING AND LONG FIRE SEASON. Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression.
Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

PLEASE COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE ENTERING THE PARK
As of 00:01 hrs CST on August 16th, a RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE will be in effect for Zones 2 (WCPP), 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 in the Northwest Region until further notice.
It is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.
Failure to comply may lead to
1. Fine of up to $25,000
2. 3 months in jail
3. Financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire

What does mean to you?
1. CAN NOT have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
2. CAN NOT burn grass or woody debris
3. CAN NOT use burn barrels
4. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
5. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
6. CAN use a portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid (1 metre away from any flammable material)
For more information visit - https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions
==================================================================
Ontario remains under a significant fire load. WCPP has over 49000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed.

Currently WCPP is experiencing smoke activity AND IS INCREASING. Some is associated with active fires in the area as well as fires in British Columbia. This led to poorer visibility over the park today. The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.
For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit - https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm
The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
Fires are being monitored daily and conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14

The following lakes are CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
1. Gammon Lake
2. Royd Lake
3. Donald Lake
4. Hammerhead
5. Murdock
6. Irvine
7. SIMEON - NEW
8. DUNSTAN - NEW
9. WANDA - NEW
10. Bloodvein River in Manitoba is OPENED – Manitoba fire behaviour increasing

OUTPOST CAMP OWNERS AND GUESTS:
You are NOT restricted from accessing any lake at this time. If accessing one of the closed lakes listed above, Ontario Parks recommends to ensure a safety plan is established and accessing does pose a risk. If located one of the recently OPENED lakes, maintain situational awareness.

Note that evacuations are the responsibility of the user;
Ontario Parks and Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services (AFFES) will NOT assume responsibility for the user.
Thank you to outposts / camp owners who have installed their personal value protection (sprinklers) on their asset. These FireSmart practices aid AFFES in quickening their time commitment in setting up. It also lessens the burden on the AFFES resources. For more information regarding FireSmart https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/do ... booken.pdf

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Fixed wing access during a forest fire evacuation may be difficult due to fire / smoke activity.
Evacuation may be a result of an immediate threat and require immediate response.
At this time, we are NOT applying any restrictions to Aircraft Landing Authorities on lakes. We are recommending “self-compliance”.
Transport Canada NOTAMs always apply as they relate to forest fires

CANOEISTS:
Please ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.
Stay off the CLOSED routes.
Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
Fires have the potential to move very fast
Select a safe campsite – use the lake as natural boundary between you and the fire.
If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires . Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations.
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/
Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2018, 6:51 am 
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August 24, 2018

General summary of fire situation:
- Fire behaviour is increasing again – hazard will remain until there is a SIGNIFICANT rainfall event
- New fires continue to show themselves from the lightning activity within Red Lake District the night of Aug 18/19
- Smoke within the Park today made for minimal visibility – this also makes it difficult to find new fires – this also decrease fire behaviour.
- Park is currently quite smoky due to WCPP fires, Manitoba fires and B.C. fires
- Behaviour has rebounded - forecasted humidity / wind / temps are conducive to quickly drying out fuels
- Drought conditions are expressing themselves (leaves changing colour)
- Water levels are very low
- Rainfall with thundershowers predicted for Saturday
- 1 new fires in Red Lake District
- 1 new fires in the WCPP (Artery)
- Red 189 – see attached map - 15 ha (in Ontario) – started in Manitoba and total size is larger. Fire will continue to be monitored. NO closures as of yet along the Artery/Ford/Craven route due to forecasted growth but be advised this is an active fire and the fire will continue to move easterly.
- Red 097 – 38,110 hectares – not as active today due to smoke in the area, area around Simeon Lake has increased in behaviour which has caused a closure for the route south through Dunstan, Wanda and down to Carrol
- Red 086 – 1,385 hectares - lots of smoke being generated, burning old burn
- Red 103 – 504 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
- Red 108 – 138 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
- Red 081 – 8,828 hectares, minimal growth, but showing activity on some areas around perimeter
- Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING AND LONG FIRE SEASON. Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression. Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.


PLEASE COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE ENTERING or if COMMUNICATING WITH THEM IN THE PARK

As of 00:01 hrs CST on August 16th, a RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE will be in effect for Zones 2 (WCPP), 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 in the Northwest Region until further notice. It is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.

Failure to comply may lead to
1. Fine of up to $25,000
2. 3 months in jail
3. Financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire

What does mean to you?
1. CAN NOT have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
2. CAN NOT burn grass or woody debris
3. CAN NOT use burn barrels
4. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
5. CAN use a gas stove (1 metre away from any flammable material)
6. CAN use a portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid (1 metre away from any flammable material)
For more information visit - https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions

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As previously communicated, Ontario is under significant fire load. WCPP has over 49000 ha of fire on the landscape which is being monitored and not supressed. Currently WCPP is experiencing smoke activity AND IS INCREASING. Some is associated with active fires in the area as well as fires in British Columbia. This did lead to poorer visibility over the park today. The smoke generated by the fires is dependent on the direction of wind relative to the fire.

For more information regarding wildfire smoke and air quality visit -
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-cl ... -smoke.htm

The opening of lakes is based on the CURRENT fire situation and where it has been determined there is a REDUCED RISK.
• Large fires are active and have not been declared OUT within WCPP.
• Fires monitored daily - conditions may change related to weather and fuel types.
• New starts are always a possibility during fire season.
• Paddling on closed routes is in violation of O.Reg 347/07, Sec 8(1)(2) pursuant to Provincial Park Conservation and Reserves Act (PPCRA) https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/ ... ch=45%2F14

The following lakes are CLOSED to backcountry paddlers
1. Gammon Lake
2. Royd Lake
3. Donald Lake
4. Hammerhead
5. Murdock
6. Irvine
7. SIMEON – Aug 22
8. DUNSTAN – Aug 22
9. WANDA – Aug 22
10. Bloodvein in Manitoba is OPENED – Manitoba fire behaviour increasing

CANOEISTS:
Please ensure a safe and successful trip if accessing recently opened routes. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts exists, the forest fire threat is real.
 Stay off the CLOSED routes.
 Keep situational awareness at all times and be aware of the potential for new fire starts and be prepared to end your trip early if fire threatens your safety.
 SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
 Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
 Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
 Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
 Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
 Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
 Fires have the potential to move very fast
 Select a safe campsite – use the lake as natural boundary between you and the fire.
 If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard.

For the most current sizes and fire locations please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires . Disclaimer - sizes associated with this map do not reflect current realtime situations.
Manitoba fire map - http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/ ... eview.html

Smoke Forecast
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/
Kent Fraser | Acting Park Superintendent Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
227 Howey Street, PO box 5003, Red Lake ON, P0V 2M0
P: 807-727-2835 C: 807-728-2965 W: OntarioParks.com


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2018, 10:31 pm 
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August 25, 2018

WCPP STAKEHOLDERS AND WCPP ENTHUSIASTS

General summary of fire situation:
Fire behaviour was Intensity class 1 today (smoldering) due to smoke cover – hazard will remain until there is a SIGNIFICANT rainfall event
New fires continue to show themselves from the lightning activity within Red Lake District the night of Aug 18/19
Certain areas in the park had very poor visibility
Drought conditions are expressing themselves (leaves changing colour)
Water levels are very low
Rainfall with thundershowers predicted for Saturday

0 new fires in Red Lake District
0 new fires in the WCPP (Artery)
Red 189 – 15 ha (in Ontario) – started in Manitoba and total size is larger. Very little growth on the Ontario side, Manitoba side got a little wider. Fire will continue to burn along ridges and lowlands continue to be a natural boundary. Minimal growth on the Ontario side forecasted for tomorrow.
Red 097 – 38,110 hectares – Lots of smoke, fire continues to fill in the bay at the SW corner near the old Red 076 and at the north end. The south east finger continues to have forward progress but slow. Fire has butted up against the east side of hammerhead and continues to burn south towards Rostoul.
not as active today due to smoke in the area, area around Simeon Lake has increased in behaviour which has caused a closure for the route south through Dunstan, Wanda and down to Carrol
Red 086 – 1,385 hectares - lots of smoke being generated, burning old burn, not much movement continues to widen out. Value protection was proactively enabled on structure on the island on Larus, no threat at this but fire will continue to burn in that direction.
Red 103 – 504 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
Red 108 – 138 hectares - smoke is starting to emerge
Red 081 – 8,828 hectares, minimal growth, but showing activity on some areas around perimeter, activity lessoned on the back end, and fire is burning itself down to the lowland on the Bloodvein river.
Value protection on key values remain intact and utilized when required.

THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING AND LONG FIRE SEASON. Ontario Fire Rangers and fire support staff (clerks, radio operators, warehouse, logistics, technicians, management and more) have dedicated their summer(s) for fire suppression.
Thank you for your continued efforts and dedication.

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PLEASE COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE ENTERING or if COMMUNICATING WITH THEM IN THE PARK - a full fire ban remains in effect. Please refer to previously posted details.


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PostPosted: August 25th, 2018, 9:35 am 
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Please Note: I will be unable to post updates for the next several days due to a maintenance trip in the park. Will be back Friday August 31. For Fire Updates and Route Closure Updates, please contact:

Kent Fraser,
A/Park Superintendent
Woodland Caribou Prov. Park
(807) 727-2835
Kent.Fraser@ontario.ca


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PostPosted: August 31st, 2018, 11:08 pm 
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The restricted fire zone (RFZ), fire ban, was lifted last Wednesday.

As of September 1st 2018, all routes are opened in WCPP.

Please note that fires are not OUT. In discussions with AFFES the threat to human safety has been minimized, with that said, the risk is not minimized.

Be safe if venturing in the area and/or remind all of your guests these are active fires and to maintain situational awareness.

Any questions please send email at woodland.caribou.mnr@ontario.ca or phone the park office at (807) 727-1329


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PostPosted: September 5th, 2018, 6:47 am 
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WCPP STAKEHOLDERS AND WCPP ENTHUSIAST

All routes and lakes have been opened for paddlers. Fire behaviour has diminished to allow for ALL canoe routes to be opened.

Thank you for your continued patience and acceptance during this summer. The decision to monitor these fires and allow the fires to naturally run its course is not an easily acceptable verdict. Fires have impacts; financial impacts, vacation impacts, canoe route impacts etc. Allowing these fires to burn as they have for millennia is one unique management feature at Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. A management feature in hopes for creating a healthier ecosystem where fire is allowed to manage the landscape as it once did.

A genuine thank you for your co-operation throughout this summer as these impacts played themselves out in our lives which allowed WCPP forest to do as it wills and renew itself.

Continuing, thank you to the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services for their dedication to providing their services. Their devotion to providing updates on the fire situation within WCPP allowed for informed decisions. As well for their professional services and value protection on structures located within the park. This season would have presented many challenges. Also, thank you to those who have proactively established value protection sprinklers on your facility (FireSmart); these efforts allow for quicker deployment of protection and efficiencies on Ontario’s AFFES resources.

Fires have and will continue to play its role in rejuvenating the forest within WCPP.

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Please remember if you are planning a trip into the park which travels near a fire.
1. Fires have NOT been called OUT and are active.
a. Fires will continue to smoke and grow pending weather
2. SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.
3. Know where you are on a map so you understand your relationship towards the fires
4. Communication is highly recommended to ensure contact if required (InReach device, satellite phone, SPOT unit etc)
5. Situational awareness – watch the weather/winds/clouds/smoke direction
6. Do not explore towards an active fire to “get a closer look”
7. Ensure someone knows your route – WCPP office can be your contact if required.
8. Fires have the potential to move very fast pending weather
9. Select a safe campsite – use the lake as a natural boundary between you and the fire.
10. If camping in the burn - check trees as the roots maybe compromised posing a safety hazard

Thanks and if you have question please do not hesitate to contact the park office at (807) 727-1329.


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