Northeastern Ontario Is Now In A State Of Emergency Because Of The Temagami Fire And Here Are The Areas Being Evacuated - Narcity

Northeastern Ontario Is Now In A State Of Emergency Because Of The Temagami Fire And Here Are The Areas Being Evacuated

The Ontario region of Temagami remains on high alert as forest fires continue to ravage the area.

Northeastern Ontario remains in a state of emergency as the destructive forest fire in Temagami continues to blaze. Located about 100 kilometres north of North Bay, the lakeside municipality of Temagami is home to about 800 people. Temagami's Emergency Management Committee says that conditions have stabilized, but evacuation orders remain in place. 

The fire was sparked by a strike of lightning, which hit a forest region just outside of the town on Sunday. The blaze erupted quickly, spreading throughout the area and inching closer to people's homes by the minute. As of yesterday, the fire was the size of about 25 football fields.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, residents living between the areas of Finlayson Point Provincial Park Road, Jessie Lake, and Lake Temagami Access Road remain on evacuation alert. 

So far, about 20 homes have been evacuated. Others remain on evacuation alert, and residents should be ready to leave at a moments notice. Provincial parks have also been evacuated, and around 450 campers have safely made it out of the area.

The town's ministry spokesperson said that the current weather conditions are the perfect storm for forest fires. “There’s high temperatures, dry conditions and a lot of thunderstorms,” she said. 

Around 400 firefighters were dispatched to the area, and continue to fight the flames that are ravaging the northeastern part of the province. Water bombers are flying over the area around the clock.

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The Ontario Provincial Police released a statement on Twitter, urging evacuees are to travel northbound on Highway 11 to remain at a safe distance from the fire. Residents say that the fire essentially exploded out of nowhere. In a matter of two hours, the fire went from a harmless-looking puff of white smoke to a raging blaze.

As of right now, no fire-related injuries have been reported. One resident is said to have suffered an asthma attack. 

According to local news reports, here is the latest update - "Acting Temagami Mayor Dan O’Mara says due to a concern that the fire situation can change very quickly, all existing Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Alerts are to remain in place."

The wildfire season in northern Ontario has already surpassed last year's record, with over 500 fires so far this year and only 143 in 2017. 

 

Source: Toronto Sun, CBC, My North Bay Now

 

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