UPDATE: Northern Ontario Forest Fires

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Forest fire smoke visible above the treeline just North of White River. Photo Credit: Brenda Grundt

Hwy 17 North

Hydro One crews are working in attempt to restore power in the White River area. Their website states that power is out between White River and Pic Mobert due to forest fire damage. In addition, there is a second outage at the junctions of Hwy 17 North and Hwy 614 due to a pole fire. It is not known if the pole fire is related to the forest fires in the area.

Team Reporter Brenda Grundt is in White River and has reported that water bombers and support aircraft were visible in the area.

Hwy 11

The municipality of Greenstone has declared a State of Emergency due to forest fires in the area. As reported in an earlier story, Hwy 11 is also closed due to forest fires in the area between Hearst and Long Lac.

We have also received unconfirmed reports of a forest fire in the Geralton area.

Our team will continue to follow these breaking stories and provide further information as it becomes available.

The Municipality of Greenstone was created on January 1, 2001 by the amalgamation of the former municipalities of the Town of Geraldton, Town of Longlac, the Township of Nakina and the Township of Beardmore, and an extensive area of unincorporated territory including numerous settlement areas such as; Caramat, Jellicoe and MacDiarmid.  First Nation communities within Greenstone municipal boundaries are Long Lake 58, Lake Nipigon Ojibway, Rocky Bay and Sand Point, while Aroland and Ginoogaming First Nations are situated just outside the Municipality, adjacent to the wards of Nakina and Longlac, respectively. Greenstone is located in the District of Thunder Bay and has an area of 3,172 sq. km. (1224 sq. mi.) making it one of the largest municipalities in Canada.

Source – greenstone.ca