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Published at 12:58 p.m. EDTUpdated 2:56 p.m. EDT

Three fires are raging north of Port-Cartier, but the City assures that the situation is encouraging.

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The plume of smoke in Port-Cartier.

Photo: Denise Ricard

  • The Port-Cartier penitentiary has been being evacuated since Friday evening by Correctional Service of Canada.

    The Port-Cartier penitentiary has been being evacuated since Friday evening by Correctional Service of Canada.

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    The City of Port-Cartier declared a state of emergency and ordered the population to evacuate the areas of Brunel Park and Dominique Park as well as all residences located north of the … Show more

  • A forest fire is burning around Sept-Îles. The City has issued an evacuation pre-alert notice for the Gallix, including Rivière-Brochu, and Lac-Labrie sectors.

    A forest fire is burning around Sept-Îles. The City has issued an evacuation pre-alert notice for the Gallix, including Rivière-Brochu, and Lac-Labrie sectors.

  • Three forest fires are raging about fifteen kilometers north of Port-Cartier. The most intense is 13 kilometers from the city. The smallest one is now contained.

    Three forest fires are raging about fifteen kilometers north of Port-Cartier. The most intense is 13 kilometers from the city. The smallest one is now contained.

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  • 2:56 p.m.

    Be careful in the forest

    Although walks and stays in the forest are not strictly prohibited in areas where forest fires are raging north of Port-Cartier, the SOPFEU established a risk area.

    The City of Port-Cartier advises avoiding venturing into the forest, whether on foot or by mountain bike.

    The targeted area has four ongoing forest fires, three of which are considered uncontrolled.

  • 1:31 p.m.

    An evacuation operation has been underway since yesterday evening at the Port-Cartier maximum security penitentiary, according to the city’s director general, Nicolas Mayrand.

    Wildfires described as extremely violent and threatening are burning 11 kilometers and 13 kilometers from the prison facility.

    A convoy of five vehicles, including three armored Correctional Service of Canada vans and a police escort, was seen by Radio-Canada on Route 138 in downtown Port-Cartier.

    Nicolas Mayrand explains that the destination of the 230 detainees, like the progress of the operations, is confidential to avoid any excess during the movement of the detainees.

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    Several vehicles from Correctional Service Canada as well as Quebec Public Security were seen in Port-Cartier.

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    For its part, the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers does not want to comment on this evacuation for security reasons. Many of the 230 inmates have very high security clearances.

    The former deputy director general of the Sûreté du Québec, Marcel Savard, explains that such an operation requires a lot of planning.

    It has already been several days since the plans were validated and reviewed. The detainees will be under restraint. First, they will be constantly monitored and they will be escorted too.

    A quote from Marcel Savard, former deputy director general of the Sûreté du Québec

    Two uncontrolled forest fires are still burning north of Port-Cartier. They cover 795 hectares and 727 hectares respectively. A third fire, this one of 1.9 hectares, was recorded yesterday.

  • 1:04 p.m.

    Welcome to this live coverage to follow the forest fire situation on the North Shore and the resulting evacuations.

    The plume of smoke in Port-Cartier.

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    The plume of smoke in Port-Cartier.

    Photo: Denise Ricard

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