After Monday night’s Emergency Management Committee, acting Temagami Mayor Dan O’Mara says due to a concern that the fire situation can change very quickly, all existing Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Alerts are to remain in place.
Based on reviews by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Behaviour Analysts, an Incident Management Command Team will be assuming responsibility for the firefighting efforts tomorrow, and a concern that the fire situation can change very quickly, all existing Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Alerts are to remain in place.
Current conditions around the town of Temagami seem to have stabilized for the moment, however, there are a number of serious fires throughout the area. All Provincial Parks in the area are now closed and all interior and backcountry travel is discouraged/restricted.
If you were staying at Finlayson Point or Marten River Provincial Park please contact the Park directly for information on retrieving your belongings.
The Emergency Management Committee met earlier in the day on Monday, emerging with news that reports on the fires near Temagami were positive. Further updates on other major fires in the area will be provided as they become available. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Officials are currently assessing the fire near Temagami and are not in a position to change existing evacuation orders.
Therefore, Mandatory Evacuation Orders from Temagami Shores at the south edge of the town of Temagami to Jessie Lake remain in effect.
Evacuation standby for areas around or approaching the fire zone near the Town of Temagami will remain in effect until further notice, including the Evacuation Orders for Finlayson Point and Marten River Provincial Parks. The situation will continue to be monitored.
Officials continue to review and set up plans in the event the fire activity increases and an evacuation is needed.
Highway 11 is open as is the Lake Temagami Access Road. Strathcona Road remains closed. The Temagami Fire Tower Road remains closed with no access allowed to the Fire Tower.
The OPP has issued a few warnings and requests to motorists and boaters in the area: Police asking Temagami fire gawkers to keep things moving
Hydro has been restored to Lake Temagami.
The Municipality of Temagami is advising members of the public who are planning to use the parks in the Temagami area to check the Ontario Parks website as Provincial and Interior Parks closures are in effect.
Go to www.ontarioparks.com for more information.
Anyone requiring accommodation as a result of the evacuation should contact the Municipality of Temagami office at 705-569-3421 and ask for Tammy Lepage during regular office hours.
Please contact the Municipality of Temagami Office at 705-569-3421 if you have any questions or concerns.