Forest fires | Press briefing from the City of Port-Cartier

Forest fires | Press briefing from the City of Port-Cartier
Forest fires | Press briefing from the City of Port-Cartier

During the press briefing presented on Saturday morning, there was talk of evacuations of users from the CHSLD of Port-Cartier, announcement of compensation for evacuees and an assessment of the situation.

Two fires are underway in the Port-Cartier sector. Around noon, the Port-Cartier firefighters received a call for a forest fire, but it was inaccessible for the teams. They therefore immediately notified SOPFEU. “It was a fire that was extremely violent, extremely threatening for the city, located approximately 17 km from the municipality,” said the director of the Port-Cartier fire department, David Lamarre. “In the hours that followed, it grew significantly and spread approximately 11 km from the Penitentiary and 13 km from the municipality.”

A second fire at Walker Lake, which was already listed, grew. “We are talking about a fire that is out of control at the moment,” he said. “SOPFEU teams are currently not able to attack these fires.”

Around twenty firefighters are on the ground. One team handles regular calls and the other is assigned to protecting critical infrastructure.

The fires did not make any significant progress last night. He asks citizens to avoid traveling in forests and to respect current bans on open fires.

Arcelor Mittal provides firefighters and Apuiat is ready to lend equipment if necessary.

Lucie Cormier from the CISSS de la Côte-Nord recalls the importance of putting the necessary measures in place to prevent health problems linked to poor air quality.

In addition, preventive evacuations are currently underway for certain more fragile users in CHSLDs. They were evacuated to Baie-Comeau and the families were notified. These are people with reduced mobility. The purpose of the evacuation is to avoid emergency travel if an evacuation notice is triggered.

Minister Kateri Champagne Jourdain announced that the government is working to reactivate financial assistance, amounting to up to $1,500 per evacuated residence. The information will be broadcast on the page dedicated to forest fires in Quebec. ca when it is possible to make a claim request.

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