Forest Fires Threaten Chibougamau and Oujé-Bougoumou: Evacuation Notice and Emergency Measures in Place

2023-06-07 03:00:00

She indicated in a press briefing on Facebook, around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, that citizens can go to the Roberval arena, where facilities will be set up.

You are asked to leave with the minimum, said the mayor. I understand that there are people who may want to bring their animals, but you are asked to please focus on your spouses and children. And we leave in order quietly.

The evacuation notice was also sent by Urgence Québec.

Chibougamau has approximately 7,300 citizens and Roberval around 10,000.

Manon Cyr also asks her citizens to put a sheet in a window or on the door of their home with the number of people who live there when they have evacuated. This measure must indicate to the agents of the Sûreté du Québec if the citizens have indeed left their house.

The fires that threaten the city are located to the north, near Mistissini. According to Manon Cyr, the blazes would have advanced faster than expected due to the winds.

According to the Society for the Protection of Forests against Fire (SOPFEU), two fires in this sector have areas of 50,000 and 12,500 hectares.

The City of Chibougamau had announced earlier in the day that protective trenches would be put in place around its territory to protect it from forest fires.

700 beds at the arena

About 700 beds will be installed at the Center Benoît-Lévesque in Roberval, confirmed Julie Drolet, communications advisor to the municipality located on the shores of Lac Saint-Jean.

people, but here I would tell you that people, they had the request to leave the city, then to go to Roberval if necessary, but many will go to family, friends or they have their motorized vehicle . We don’t yet know the exact number of people we’re going to have”,”text”:”We had already been aware since this afternoon that there was a possibility, so we had already monopolized the plan team emergency measures. So we are currently at the arena. We plan beds, we are in contact with the pharmacy if necessary. We are currently expecting 700 people, but here I would tell you that people, they have been asked to leave the city, then to go to Roberval if necessary, but many will go to family, friends or they have their motor vehicle. We don’t know yet the exact number of people we’re going to have””>We had already been aware since this afternoon that there was a possibility, so we had already monopolized the emergency measures plan team. So we are currently at the arena. We plan beds, we are in contact with the pharmacy if necessary. We are currently expecting 700 people, but here I would tell you that people, they had the request to leave the city, then to go to Roberval if necessary, but many will go to family, to friends where they have their motorized vehicle. We don’t know yet the exact number of people we’re going to haveshe said around 10:30 p.m.

Julie Drolet could not say when the first people would arrive, since traffic is difficult to get out of Chibougamau. This is also shown in social media posts, as well as real-time traffic apps.

There are approximately 250 km between the two municipalities.

Oujé-Bougoumou also

In the Cree community of Oujé-Bougoumou, located about fifteen kilometers north of Chapais, the complete evacuation was announced by Chief Curtis Bosum around 7:30 p.m.

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To the members of the Cree Nation of Oujé-Bougoumou, I announce a mandatory complete evacuationhe wrote on his Facebook page.

He invited people to go to the Cégep de Chicoutimi, about 400 km from the community.

Stay calm and drive carefully. God bless youhe continued for his members.

In 2022, the population of Oujé-Bougoumou was estimated at just under 800 people.

Earlier in the evening, a press release reported an evacuation for vulnerable people, a bit like what happened the day before in the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan, in Haute-Mauricie. These people were brought to a hotel in Roberval on Monday evening.

Chapais on evacuation notice

As for Chapais, about thirty kilometers to the west, a pre-evacuation alert was issued around 8:30 p.m.

This was indicated earlier in the evening by the mayor of Chapais, Isabelle Lessard.

The Mayor of Chapais, Isabelle Lessard, held a press briefing Thursday at 6 p.m.

Photo : Radio-Canada

km-48km, so it’s not worrying for us, for this evening, unless things get out of hand; that, we cannot predict. Fires are very unpredictable, unfortunately. So for now, we are still under control. On the other hand, tonight, what we are going to do is issue a pre-evacuation notice so that people can start preparing, because tomorrow, there is going to be a high probability that people will have to leave the city. “,”text”:”In Chapais, since we are further away, the fire is still a good distance away. We’re talking about at least 40km-48km, so it’s not worrying for us, for tonight, unless things get out of hand; that, we cannot predict. Fires are very unpredictable, unfortunately. So for now, we are still under control. On the other hand, tonight, what we are going to do is issue a pre-evacuation notice so that people can start preparing, because tomorrow, there is going to be a high probability that people will have to leave the city. “”>In Chapais, since we are further away, the fire is still a good distance away. We’re talking about at least 40 km-48 km, so it’s not worrying for us, for tonight, unless things get out of hand; that, we cannot predict. Fires are very unpredictable, unfortunately. So for now, we are still under control. On the other hand, tonight, what we are going to do is issue a pre-evacuation notice so that people can start preparing, because tomorrow, there is going to be a high probability that people will have to leave the city.explained the mayor of Chapais, Isabelle Lessard.

Last week, the southern half of the municipality was evacuated for three nights.

Road Closed

The Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD) announced around 9 p.m. that the road linking the Chibougamau-Chapais sector to Lac-Saint-Jean was closed northbound.

This closure is required due to an evacuation order for communities north of this strategic link. Route 167, southbound, remains open to allow the evacuation of the population concerned to Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jeanwrote Nathalie Girard, communications advisor for the MTMD in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

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