QUEEN’S PARK – On Friday, July 27 Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller, Premier Doug Ford and Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Jeff Yurek visited the Britt Command Centre to see first-hand how Parry Sound 33 forest fire is being fought.
“It is awful to see this fire devastate a large part of Parry Sound District and displace so many residents and cottagers,” said Miller. “I want to thank the men and women who are fighting this fire and the other emergency personnel who are managing evacuations.”
Today Miller asked the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry about what is being done to fight the forest fires including Parry Sound 33. Miller also took the opportunity to thank the firefighters working across Northern Ontario and honour Jerry Gadwa, the firefighter from Alberta who died while fighting a fire near Red Lake, Ontario.
Minister Yurek, after also expressing his condolences to the family of Jerry Gadwa, went on to say that there are firefighters from other provinces, the United States and Mexico working together to fight the numerous fires across Northern Ontario. He also said that his Ministry is looking at allowing retired rangers to come back on the job temporarily during this particularly bad forest fire season.
Miller would like to remind everyone impacted that the danger in the area is high and to please abide by evacuation orders for your own safety, that of the firefighters and so that they are able to best fight the fires and limit the damage as much as possible.