Forest fires in Port-Cartier: it’s the status quo, announce municipal authorities

Forest fires in Port-Cartier: it’s the status quo, announce municipal authorities
Forest fires in Port-Cartier: it’s the status quo, announce municipal authorities

MONTREAL — Municipal authorities in Port-Cartier provided an update Saturday morning on the forest fires which forced the evacuation of 1,000 residents Friday evening.

The city’s general director, Nicolas Mayrand, affirmed that “the situation is the same” as the day before. “It’s the status quo, nothing has changed,” he declared at a press conference.

The mayor of Port-Cartier, Alain Thibault, declared a state of emergency for a period of five days.

Present at the press conference, the MP for the Duplessis constituency, Kateri Champagne-Jourdain, announced that the Quebec government would offer the same financial assistance as last year, up to $1,500 for each primary residence evacuated. .

“The government will continue to be there for you. We will provide the same support as last year,” she promised, adding that she remains in “constant contact” with the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forests. , Maïté Blanchette Vézina, in order to follow “the situation very closely”.

The mayor thanked citizens for their quick response. “Everything was done quickly and efficiently. Everything went well. There was no major accident,” he said.

The fire is currently 13 kilometers from Port-Cartier, as was the case Friday evening.

The Canadian Press

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