Weather slows forest fires near Port-Cartier, but no plans yet for 1,000 evacuated residents to return home

Canadian Press in the Montreal Gazette
June 22, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada East

As forest fires continue to progress, a return home for 1,000 residents evacuated from Port-Cartier on Friday evening is not yet being considered. Mayor Alain Thibault, declared a state of emergency Saturday for a period of five days because the fire was “out of control and close enough to infrastructures” of the north shore city. He ordered the evacuation of residents from the Parc Brunel and Parc Dominique areas, as well as those living north of Route 138. …The forest fires have continued to progress, albeit with a more optimistic scenario: SOPFEU representative Mélanie Morin explained weather conditions Saturday and Sunday, with less wind and more humidity, prevented the fires from spreading toward the south and toward homes. However, the fires remain active and out of control. Positive news — ground teams can be sent in Monday. Until now, the sheer intensity of the fires made it impossible for ground teams to fight the fires safely.

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