Forest Fires Close Hwy 17 North near Marathon and Hwy 11 near Hearst


7:35pm UPDATE: Power is out in White River and we are attempting to verify whether it may be planned due to fire, or caused by the fire.

Kapuskasing OPP Detachment has also just issued a statement advising that Highway 11 between Hearst and Long Lac is now closed “to address a public safety concern created by forest fires along the highway.”

A forest fire is currently threatening travel on Highway 17 north near Marathon as well as area mining operations.

White River OPP detachment reports that Highway 17 at White River has been closed to “address a public safety concern created by forest fires along the Highway.”

There currently no detours in place.

Superior Media Team Reporter Brenda Grundt is on scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.


  1. People are making way too much of this.. we are going to burn?? Really? Seriously those comments should stay to yourself.. Never was White River or Marathon in state of emergency.. when that happens, that’s when you know it’s bad. Until then, people should just cool it and keep calm! Some comments on FB and twitter was unreal! The rain came, the roads are open, things are basically back to normal. Hope your panic didn’t affect your heart too much cause I know your panic might have affected others severely.

  2. My husban Adrien Larabie is one of the guys sent to White River. the sad thing is they all have being sent to a town with no Hydro, or food available to them. Please if you’s can help them it would be appreciated.

    Nicole Larabie

  3. Hi,my husband and I own a camp at Cache Lake where the fire started and we did report the fire to mnr and thanks to there great service I am hoping that all we be fine in the camp that we own. it was my husbands parents camp and has been in the family from the 60’s. This was a town at one time called Hemlo. Everyone knows each other and the outer families. Everyone is out safe thanks to the firefighters including our cat.
    Thank you so much to all the brave people. Cache lake

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