Fires: new preventive evacuations in Port-Cartier

As of today, residents of the Port-Cartier CHSLD, certain users housed in intermediate and family resources and users served by home support services will be evacuated to Baie-Comeau, or to CHSLDs in the west of the territory. .

This is what the CISSS of the North Shore by press release. As this is a vulnerable clientele, it is preferable to evacuate them now, thus avoiding having to move them urgently if an evacuation notice is triggered.indicates communications advisor Pascal Paradis.

The teams of CISSS prepare steps for other transfers if the situation requires it. Other people could be evacuated to facilities on the Haute-Côte-Nord, if necessary.

THE CISSS assures users’ families that they will be informed of any travel. Relatives will be able to accommodate them at home if they wish.

Fighting continues in Port-Cartier and Sept-Îles

The City of Port-Cartier held a press conference on Saturday morning to take stock of the evolution of the forest fires raging at the gates of the municipality. Since the day before, it has been the status quo.

The fires progressed less quickly than expected.

A quote from City of Port-Cartier

Of the three fires north of the city, the most intense, number 221, is 13 kilometers away, but it has not progressed significantly since the day before. Its surface area is estimated at nearly 800 hectares. Two are still considered out of control.

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Around fifty worried residents attended the Port-Cartier press conference.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Alban Normandin

Four air tankers are still in combat, alternating from one blaze to another. A helicopter also provides support.

Around sixty people at SOPFEU have been in place since the early hours of the morning. To this will be added the major fire management team which is currently on its way, and which includes more than ten people, according to SOPFEU communications officer, Isabelle Gariépy.

Other sections of fighters will be added over the course of the weekend.

In collaboration with the SOPFEU, around twenty municipal firefighters are also on rotation to ensure coverage at all times. The team in place on Saturday morning must carry out preventive operations to ensure the protection of certain essential infrastructures.

State of emergency declared Friday in Port-Cartier

Friday evening, residents of the Brunel Park and Dominic Park areas as well as all residences located north of Route 138 had to evacuate their homes, due to fires located 15 kilometers north of Port-Cartier. A fire near Walker Lake was then out of control.

According to the Director General of the City, Nicolas Mayrand, approximately 1,000 people are affected by this evacuation notice, out of a total population of 6,500 people.

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Residents evacuated Port-Cartier by car.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Charles-Étienne Drouin

The evacuees were invited to head towards Baie-Comeau, to a temporary accommodation center established at the Henry-Leonard Center.

THE CISSS de la Côte-Nord warns citizens that the air quality is poor in Port-Cartier, and recommends that they reduce their exposure to smoke from forest fires.

A major fire in Chevery

In Chevery, on the Basse-Côte-Nord, an imposing blaze is still keeping firefighting teams busy. From 112 hectares on Friday, it increased to 159 on Saturday. Residents of the municipality are not threatened, however, because the wind blows in the opposite direction.

Air tankers continue to fight the fire. Two teams from the Havre-Saint-Pierre operating base were moved to perform land installations. Other teams will arrive during the daysays Isabelle Gariépy.

It’s a fire that’s going to take a lot of work.

A quote from Isabelle Gariépy

She adds that the installations are consolidated to protect the municipality in the event of a change in wind direction.

With the collaboration of Alban Normandin

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