West Parry Sound OPP assist with Forest Fire Evacuation

On July 20, 2018 as of approximately 11:00 a.m. members of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living in the Key Harbour to evacuate their homes due to a 500 hectare active forest fire near Henvey Inlet, Ontario. The MNRF has recommended the implementation of this mandatory evacuation by the community of Key Harbour on the south side of the Key River, and by the municipality of Killarney for residents north of the Key River – located SOUTH of the French River Provincial Park. There are approximately 50 homes in this area.

There are currently no road closures which will allow residents time to travel, however; it is anticipated that fire conditions may worsen and as such Highway 69 may be closed at a later time.

*If planning travel, avoid Highway 69 in the Key River and Henvey Inlet area.

For any information regarding active forest fires in the region please contact the Aviation and Forest fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) at (705) 564-6165