The provincial government says another $100 million dollars will be available to fight forest fires in the province. The new money, announced yesterday by the Progressive Conservative government is on top of almost $70 million dollars in base funding to battle the blazes. The Ministry of Natural Resources says there are 116 active fires — 73 in the northwest region and 43 across the northeast. The largest fire in the northeast, known as North Bay 72 is no longer out of control but the Parry Sound 33 blaze still is. Almost 1,000 Ontario firefighters are being assisted by about 480 firefighters and support staff from other provinces, Parks Canada, American states and Mexico. The ministry says firefighters are getting some help from recent rain.
If you live in an area impacted by #forestfires, we have staff standing by to take your call. Please contact us at 1-888-220-7242. If you are not immediately impacted by the fires, please refer to https://t.co/ycFZjSVXq2 for the latest fire information. #Ontario
— Ontario MNRF (@ONresources) August 7, 2018
Photo Credit: Ontario Provincial Police via Twitter
#NER #OPP S.A.V.E. Units providing support for #PublicSafety by patrolling water ways in fire zone north of #ParrySound fire 33. #OPP asking the public to stay away from the waterways in order to NOT interfere from #MNRF water-bomber fire suppression efforts. @OPP_CR @OPP_HSD ^cb pic.twitter.com/XIB5M5XJmt
— OPP North East (@OPP_NER) July 27, 2018