Forest fire | State of emergency declared in Port-Cartier

Threatened by the flames, the city of Port-Cartier declared a state of emergency for the next five days, while more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated from their residences Friday evening.


Posted at 10:27 a.m.

The mayor of Port-Cartier, Alain Thibault, made the announcement Saturday morning during a press conference while the flames were still raging nearly 13 km from the municipality and 11 km from the federal detention establishment. at maximum security in Port-Cartier.

“Everything happened within the established times,” declared Alain Thibault. We’re sorry if you felt rushed, but we had a lot of stuff [à gérer]. »

The displaced residents were able to find shelter in a Baie-Comeau accommodation center. A pre-alert will be issued in the event that further evacuations are required. Preventive evacuations in seniors’ residences and CHSLDs are also planned in Baie-Comeau.

The situation surrounding the spread of forest fires in the surrounding area remains the same as late Friday evening.

A forest fire broke out Friday noon north of the Port-Cartier penitentiary center. It then progressed and is currently 11 km from the city. Fire safety describes this fire as “extremely violent and threatening”.

A second fire is still underway at Walker Lake. The latter has gradually grown and is currently “uncontrollable”. For the moment, teams from the Society for the Protection of Forests against Fire (SOPFEU) are not able to tackle the flames.

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