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Highways closed due to forest fires


Highway 665 near Dryden was closed to all traffic travelling north of Richan Road early Saturday due to a forest fire there—and access continues to be limited today, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported this morning.

The fire in question—Dryden #10—is still being fought near Rugby Lake, 23 km north of Dryden. It has consumed about 1,220 hectares of forest so far.

“We’ve had to put up a traffic stop there,” MNR fire information officer Deb MacLean said.

“On Friday, there was a voluntary evacuation of the community of Richan. And since then, residents there can come back and leave at their own discretion,” she added.

“But people that are coming into the area for camping or whatever are being asked to leave.”

Despite the voluntary evacuation, the fire—which MacLean described as “not under control” as of this morning—had not destroyed any residences.

Meanwhile, the Trans-Canada Highway at Ignace was closed to all westbound traffic for about an hour-and-a-half late Friday afternoon due to Dryden Fire #11.

It was re-opened around 6:30 p.m. after MNR FireRanger crews brought the 8.5-ha blaze “under control.”

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