Northeastern Ontario Forest Fire Moving Closer to Trans-Canada Highway
ONTARIO—An evacuation has been issued near a blazing forest fire creeping towards the Trans-Canada highway.
Parry Sound 33 is inching closer to the Trans-Canada highway, now burning just five kilometres away. An evacuation has been issued for the Alban area by French River, a municipality west of hydro lines on Highway 64, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources.
Parry Sound 33 is almost 9000 hectares in size and has been burning since July 18.
Authorities are using water bucketing and water bombing techniques to try to contain the fire.
Fire suppression efforts continuing in the #ParrySound area. #NER #OPP advise to please stay off the Pickerel, French and Key Rivers so as not to impede water-bomber suppression efforts of the #MNRF. #OPP #WorkingTogether with @ONresources for #PublicSafety ^cb pic.twitter.com/SiA6GpFlsQ
— OPP North East (@OPP_NER) July 27, 2018
According the the ministry’s website, “By the evening of July 30 there were 41 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 15 are not yet under control, 26 are either being held, under control or being observed.”
Other major fires around Ontario include the Lady Evelyn fire cluster, covering nearly 30,000 hectares, and the River Valley fire cluster.
The 2018 fire season has been especially active, with 888 fires to date, due to lightning and lack of rain. The Ministry of Natural Resources has released an interactive map to keep the public updated on the fires occurring across the province.
The province has relied on support from outside the province to help fight the many blazes.
“Ontario is fortunate to have fire crews from Mexico to Minnesota; from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island helping to fight the fires burning in northern and central Ontario,” Jeff Yurek, the minister of natural resources and forestry, said in a statement.