I want to thank our firefighters and other first responders for the exceptional work – Premier McGuinty

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Kirkland Lake #8
Ontario Fire Fighters rescue a beaver kit from Kirkland Lake #8 Forest Fire

THUNDER BAY – “We are working quickly to ensure that residents remain safe and informed. We continue to monitor and combat the fires near Kirkland Lake, Timmins and North-eastern Ontario with the help of our dedicated team of MNR staff, fire personnel, first responders, and volunteers. We certainly appreciate the co-operation of families who have been displaced by these fires and we are working tirelessly to ensure that they may return to their homes as soon as possible,” shares Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources.

The fire situation in Northeastern Ontario remains extreme.

There are however touching moments where the humanity of Fire Fighters shines through. Mark Pierce and Colton Jibb are part of the massive effort to fight forest fires in Northeastern Ontario. However fighting fires is not all that is involved in making a difference. In the photograph, a young beaver kit is being rescued from the fire.

The image was shared by the family on Facebook, and is gaining a great deal of exposure.

Ontario Premier McGuinty issued a statement this morning;

“I want to thank our firefighters and other first responders for the exceptional work they’re doing to battle blazes and help keep families safe in Northern Ontario.

“Our North is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. The spring forest fires that have threatened Northern towns are a fresh reminder of that.

But Northerners are tough, resilient and determined — and I know they’ll get through these challenges, too.

“I want to join with Northern Ontarians in thanking the brave men and women who are standing on the front lines, fighting these fires, protecting precious property, and stopping at nothing until the job is done.

“We wish our firefighters strength, success and a speedy return to their own homes — and our deepest thanks for protecting the homes of their friends and neighbours.”

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