Fire burns through at least 125 hectares of marsh in Point Pelee National Park
Flames could be seen from kilometres away as a marsh fire burned at Point Pelee National Park on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (Courtesy Alan Antoniuk)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:04PM EDT
LEAMINGTON, Ont. - A southwestern Ontario national park popular with bird watchers is closed after a fire burned through part of the site on the north shore of Lake Erie.
Leamington, Ont., fire officials say the blaze at Point Pelee National Park appears to be out.
Leamington fire tweeted that rain and a "great job" by firefighters and park staff helped extinguish the blaze.
They say at least 125 hectares of marsh area was lost in the fire.
Officials say the park, which is a stopping point for migrating songbirds in the spring and monarch butterflies in the fall, is closed until further notice.
Point Pelee is a 10-kilometre sandspit with its southern point equal in latitude to the northern border of California, making it the southernmost point in Canada.