We are deeply saddened by the devastating wildfires that affected the Georgian Bay area this summer and by the impact that the Parry Sound 33 fire had on our neighbours in the region. We commend the bravery and commitment of the first responders who tirelessly worked to combat the fires in unforgiving conditions.

More information about Parry Sound 33 can be found on the MNRF's Forest Fire webpage, http://Ontario.ca/forestfire or by calling MNRF at 705-564-6165.

We are committed to helping our friends and neighbours affected by the fire. This included working with the Municipality of Killarney to make a clean up team available and delivering a variety of gift cards to the Municipality to be given to those who were most affected.  For more information on the available gift cards, please contact Councillor Jim Rook at (705) 857-1100.
 
While the MNRF is still investigating the cause of the fire, our contractors have confirmed that there was no blasting or drilling taking place in the area at the time of the fire. We have not seen any direct evidence of a link between the fire and project construction activities.

We require our contractors responsible for construction work on the site – CER and Powertel – to strictly adhere to the MNRF’s Industrial Operations Protocol. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also voluntarily put in place enhanced fire-prevention measures. These measures include soaking down work areas, extended fire watches, and increased access to fire suppression equipment. Learn about our upcoming construction activities under Latest News and about the project construction schedule here.