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Shuniah wildfire brought under control

Wildfire threatens residential structures on Wednesday afternoon near McKenzie Station Road.

SHUNIAH, Ont. – A threatening wildfire in Shuniah was brought under control in about two hours on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a release issued by Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services, at about 2 p.m. Fire Chief Blair Arthur noticed smoke on the horizon in the direction of McKenzie Station Road and immediately put out a call for response.

Upon arrival crews began tackling the fire, which was approximately 150 metres by 15 metres and was within 30 metres of residential structures.

Placing priority on the section of fire nearest the homes, they started attacking the flames, later assisted by crews from the Ministry of Natural Resources Air, Forest Fire and Emergency Services.

The fire was knocked down by 3 p.m. and listed under control an hour later.

Eight firefighters from Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services were joined by a Pass Lake firefighter, one AFFES engine and three AFFES ground crews.

Shuniah Fire asks the public to remain vigilant for open fires and wildfires during the restricted fire zone, put in place earlier this week.