News — 12 July 2017

By Dryden Observer Staff

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is responding to a call for aid from British Columbia to assist with a worsening wildfire situation in Western Canada.

Ontario has received a request for approximately 140 staff members. The OMNRF deployed 105 FireRangers, one Incident Management Team and additional support staff on Tuesday, July 11.

As of Monday, over 10,000 B.C. residents have been evacuated from their homes in B.C. central interior towns such as 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Princeton, Williams Lake and Cache Creek. The entire province has been experiencing a period of prolonged high temperatures.

 

There are eight active forest fires in the Northwest Region. Most are being observed and two are under control.

OMNRF officials are stressing that the public take great care with campfires to minimize the risks of inadvertently starting a forest fire. They suggest measures such as choosing a site close to water, building a fire on bare rock or non-combustible materials and keeping it small in size (no higher or wider than one metre), never leaving it unattended and extinguishing it fully upon your departure.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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