Officials: 21 of 55 Ontario forest fires remain out of control
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:15AM EDT
TORONTO - Firefighters were battling 55 forest fires as of late Monday in northeast Ontario, of which 21 were not yet under control.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said one of the fires dubbed Cochrane 14 northeast of Timmins had grown to 4,899 hectares and remained out of a control.
A larger blaze called Parry Sound 33 measured 5,612 hectares as of late Monday and was being fought with planes and helicopters.
On Saturday, the provincial ministry called for a mandatory evacuation of residents in the area with boat access only and for all other residents to be placed on an evacuation alert.
The French River Provincial Park has been fully closed west of Highway 69/400 and all campers were being or have been evacuated.
The ministry says firefighters and equipment "have poured in" from across Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Mexico to help Ontario-based crews.
Smoke from Pembroke 5, 6, 7, and 8 will continue to be visible— ONForestFires (@ONforestfires) July 21, 2018
in Bissett Creek and surrounding areas, along Hwy 17 tonight and well into
Due to hot, dry & windy conditions, #MNRF Parry Sound district has recommended a mandatory evacuation of the #KeyHarbour area south of the French River Provincial Park for precautionary reasons. #OPP & #ConservationOfficers are onsite facilitating this evacuation. pic.twitter.com/AmYnQNaJgu— Ontario MNRF (@ONresources) July 20, 2018