Author Topic: Forest / Wild Fire - Canada May 21 2012  (Read 423 times)

Nigel Beardsley

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Forest / Wild Fire - Canada May 21 2012
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:50:01 PM »
More than 300 people have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared due to a forest fire near Kirkland Lake.Fire crews and water bombers from the Ministry of Natural Resources, along with firefighters from the Town of Kirkland Lake, were tackling the blaze that was discovered Sunday morning and had grown to 2,757 hectares by noon Monday.Kirkland Lake is located about 600 km north of Toronto.Residential and cottage areas on Goodfish and Nettie Lake and one street in Chaput Hughes were evacuated Sunday afternoon and residents were still unable to return home Monday.An emergency post was set up at the local Royal Canadian Legion for those displaced.Two local gold mines, KL Gold and AuRico Gold, have suspended operations due to fire damage to power lines.Town officials said Monday morning there was concern winds could switch the direction of the fire, which was heading north of Kirkland Lake. Residents were told to be prepared in the event the fire turns back towards town.Another forest fire near Timmins was spreading rapidly Monday and had closed two highways.Officials closed Hwys. 144 and 101 to allow vacationers and residents to evacuate from The Cache, Little Star Lake, Star Lake, the Old Mill Campground, Keefer Lake, Bob Lake, Opishing Lake and Aquesquaw Lake.Timmins residents were being urged to keep their windows shut due to the heavy smoke.