Canada Crews battling 122 forest fires in Ontario

12:25  07 august  2018
12:25  07 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Crews making headway with forest fires

  Crews making headway with forest fires Crews making headway with forest firesThe fire began on July 18 and has burned through more than 100 square kilometres of forest. It was remapped at 11,185 hectares on Thursday and remains stalled about five kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway.

An intense heat wave, windy conditions and a number of lightning-filled thunderstorms have led to the outbreak of a string of forest fires in northern Ontario and British Columbia, with officials warning that there could be more to come.

There are more than 90 active forest fires burning in northern Ontario , according to an interactive map from the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry . Traffic delays, smoky skies as crews battle bog fire in Richmond. 0:0 Комментарии.

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TORONTO - There was little rest for firefighters in northern Ontario during the long weekend as they continued battling flames on numerous fire lines.

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The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says there were 122 active fires as of Monday night, including 78 in the northwest region and 44 in the northeast.

Eighteen fires in the northeast and seven in the northwest were classified as out of control.

The largest fire in the northeast, "Parry Sound 33," covers about 113 square kilometres and remains out of control. Officials say "extremely dry fuel conditions remain" despite the area receiving about 10 millimetres of rain on Monday.

An evacuation order for residents of several communities in the French River area remain in effect and numerous travel restrictions remain in force.

Another large fire dubbed "North Bay 72" about 30 kilometres west of Temiskaming Shores remains out of control. That blaze began on July 8 and was being held at about 272 square kilometres.

The ministry says there have been 918 forest fires so far this year compared to 354 in 2017.

Evacuation alerts expanded in northern B.C. .
Evacuation alerts expanded in northern B.C.The board chair of the Bulkley-Nechako region has had a long week and expects the next one will not be any better, as more evacuation orders and alerts are in effect for an area of north-central British Columbia nearly surrounded by forest fires.

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