May 26, 2016 – 11am
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, along with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring the fire situation in northern Ontario. There are currently 19 active fires currently underway and there is heightened risk due to dry conditions.
Residents from Greenstone, Geraldton and those near Hutchinson Lake have returned home after being temporarily evacuated due to concern over forest fires in the area. On May 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m, the Municipality of Greenstone terminated their declared emergency. Greenstone and the surrounding area has declared an emergency and temporarily evacuated some residents due to concern over forest fires in the area. Residents from Geraldton have returned home while a smaller number of residents from Hutchinson Lake remain in Longlac.
MNRF will continue suppression efforts to control the fires requiring action across the province. Highway 17, Highway 11 and Highway 584 are now open in both directions. There are no highway closures in the Geraldton area. Highway 17 is closed east of Marathon. Highway 584 is closed both directions, 2 km north of Geraldton and Highway 11 is closed in both directions between Longlac and Hearst.
Forest fires can lead to dangerous driving conditions and road closures. Check the Ministry of Transportation and local sources for information.