Forest fires: four active fires on the North Shore

Forest fires: four active fires on the North Shore
Forest fires: four active fires on the North Shore

Four fires are still out of control on the North Shore, including three around Port-Cartier, according to municipal authorities on Saturday morning.

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Two more threatening fires are located 13,000 km north of Port-Cartier and 11,000 km from the city penitentiary.

The City of Port-Cartier declared a state of emergency on Friday evening for the next five days due to fires approaching the municipality. Around 1,000 people were evacuated from the Côte-Nord town to Baie-Comeau.

According to the mayor of Baie-Comeau, Michel Desbiens, there are victims who have already arrived at the Baie-Comeau City Shelter Center.

“There are people who are already at the Accommodation Center. We contacted grocery stores and pharmacies last night to allow them to stay open later if necessary. For the moment, everything is going well and we are ready to face the arrival of other people from Port-Cartier,” mentioned Mr. Desbiens in an interview with LCN.

The Quebec government is currently working to reactivate the same financial assistance program that was activated last year to help people who were affected by the forest fires on the North Shore. The owners of each primary residence affected by the evacuations could receive $1,500.

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