THUNDER BAY – The fire situation across Northeastern Ontario continues to pose challenges across the region. The biggest threat right now remains Timmins Fire 9. The fire is about 30-40 kilometres away from Timmins, with winds pushing the fire eastward with the eastern perimeter of the fire now including the Cache Campground on Kenogamissi Lake.
Timmins Mayor Laughren is happy to announce however that the evacuation order for the residents of Kamiskotia has been lifted. After reviewing a number of variables with MNR and Timmins Fire Service, the decision was made to lift the evacuation order and allow the residents of the Kamiskotia area back to their homes.
Authorities report that smoke and ash from the fire are likely to be affecting the City of Timmins and the surrounding areas as well.
Right now there are about 160 buildings which are being protected by the Value Protection efforts of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
This is a tactic used in Ontario to keep buildings safer from fire.
The wet weather conditions impacting Northwestern Ontario, where Thunder Bay is under a flood watch are headed toward Northeastern Ontario.
Environment Canada reports, for Friday night “Clearing. Local smoke dissipating this evening. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light this evening. Low plus 5. For Saturday the forecast is calling for sunny skies becoming a mix of sun and cloud late in the morning. The forecast high will be 17c. By Saturday night the weather is calling for partly cloudy skies, becoming cloudy near midnight with a 30 percent chance of showers before morning.
Looking into next week, the forecast is calling for more rain.
Earlier coverage on NNL: Timmins Fire 9 has jumped Highway 144