Residents leave homes as Ontario forest fires burn, blaze near Trans-Canada

Residents leave homes as Ontario forest fires burn, blaze near Trans-Canada
Killarney evacuates, French River on alert
KILLARNEY, Ont. — Residents of a community in northeastern Ontario are leaving their homes as a forest fire burns nearby, while others in the region brace for an evacuation order that could come at any moment.

The fire known as Parry Sound 33 started on July 18 and Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources says the blaze has now burned more than 100 square kilometres.

Dunna Butson, who has been living in Killarney for 17 years, says she's packed a bag of clothes and is leaving her property.

In French River, Ont., – east of Killarney – an evacuation alert has been issued by the municipal government, warning residents in some areas that they should be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

Another resident, Gordon Fraser, says he's leaving the area as well and doesn't know when he can return.

"I am worried about my property…. But we are not hungry and we are dry and safe… so what can you do," he said amid tears. "We will be back."

I lost my husband three years ago and he is everywhere here, she said as she looked around her property in Killarney, Ont. When I dont have this, I lose a lot more than the buildings.

The municipality of French River, Ont., has issued an evacuation alert, warning residents in some areas that they should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

Smoke blankets the area as Ministry of Natural Resources firefighters work a boat at Flat Rapids Camp and Resort on the French River near Killarney on Tuesday. The area is under forced evacuation orders due to forest fires burning nearby. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Mr. Bearman owns the French River Inn Motel, located just off Highway 69, where the smoke from the fire is creeping in. He said this time of the season is usually the busiest of the year.

Residents of Killarney are leaving their homes as a forest fire burns nearby, while others in the region brace for an evacuation order that could come at any moment.

What else can you do? Ms. Nadeau asked. Of course we are worried like everyone else, but we love our job and we love this place, so we will stay open as long as we can.

The fire known as Parry Sound 33 started on July 18 and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the blaze has now burned more than 100 square kilometres.

Smoke blankets the area as Ministry of Natural Resources firefighters work a boat at Flat Rapids Camp and Resort on the French River, near Killarney, Ont., on July 31, 2018.

Dunna Butson, who has been living in Killarney for 17 years, says she’s packed a bag of clothes and is leaving her property.

Another resident, Gordon Fraser, says he’s leaving the area, as well, and doesn’t know when he can return.

“I am worried about my property. But we are not hungry and we are dry and safe, so what can you do,” he said amid tears. “We will be back.”

For me, it is a revenue lost because I cant rent cottages, he said. My only hope is that when we come back, there will be something to come back to.

The Municipality of French River has issued an evacuation alert, warning residents in some areas that they should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.