Update: Open – Forest Fire Closes Trans-Canada Highway at Upsala and Shabaqua

IMAGE: SHERRY GRAVER
IMAGE: SHERRY GRAVER

THUNDER BAY – Update – The Trans-Canada Highway is as of 21:40 EDT now open in both direction.

The fire, Thunder Bay 4, is located approximately seven kilometres north of the Hwy. 11/17 junction at Shabaqua. The 50 hectare fire, which resulted in the closure of both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, received aerial fire suppression throughout the afternoon. FireRanger crews have been assigned to this forest fire. At the time of this update the fire was not under control.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been fighting the fire all day today. However smoke and flame have made travel on the highway unsafe.

NetNewsLedger will update as details come in.

IMAGE: SHERRY GRAVER
IMAGE: SHERRY GRAVER