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Woodland Caribou

Alerts and Advisories as of: August 17, 2018

Fire Bans

There is a fire ban 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-restrictionsJuly 30th, 2018


Canoeists:
Please ensure your safety. BE PREPARED. Fire activity and potential for new fire starts is high, the forest fire threat is real.
• stay off the CLOSED routes.
• have a means of communication
• 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.
• ensure someone knows the route you are taking
• SPOT – SOS is not an exit strategy, that is a last resort.

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/fireview/fireview.html

Kent Fraser
Acting Park Superintendent,
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
807-727-2835 – cell 807-728-2965

Boil Water Advisory

No boil water advisory at this time

There is no boil water advisory at this time.


Beach Posting

No beach posting at this time

There is no beach posting at this time.


Beach Sampling Results

There are no beach testing sample results for this park at this time.

See listing of all beaches in provincial parks.

Park Advisories

August 16, 2018

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 -
o https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-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/070347?search=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 OPENED to backcountry paddlers:

Larus Lake
Sabourin Lake
Barclay Lake
Musclow Lake
Marys Lake
Craven
Ford
Artery
Thicketwood
Simeon
Dustan
Wanda
Rostoul
Hansen
Talon Bilko
Silvia
Landing Crane
Blueberry
Sydney – NEW as of Aug 14/2018
Rowdy – NEW as of Aug 14/2018

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

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.

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 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/fireview/fireview.html
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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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