Wildfire Update: Parry Sound 33 moves closer to Highway 69

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Updated July 31, 2018

Many fires in Northeast Ontario still blaze out of control as firefighters receive more hands on deck from Mexico. The amount of out of control fires has been reduced over the past few days, but Parry Sound 33 moves closer to Highway 69, a vital section of the Trans-Canada highway for cottagers and residents.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Parry Sound 33 is still not under control and has consumed 8,224 hectares of forest. Recent weather conditions have become the most active Monday which is pushing large plumes of smoke towards Highway 69, reducing air quality and visibility. The Ministry has advised restriction to all access roads West of Highway 69, but there has been no notice of highway closures.

Last week’s evacuation orders for the Harvey Inlet still remain in effect, with no firm date for return.

Further Northeast, another fire cluster named the Lady Evelyn cluster has been devastating forests 30km west of Temiskaming Shores. As of Monday 27,275 hectares of land have been consumed, according to the MNRF.

The Lady Evelyn fire cluster is currently listed as out of control. Aiding firefighters from Mexico are being placed on the fire line for the morning of the 31st.

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