Some refugees from Parry Sound 33 fire return home
This file photo shows Parry Sound 33 in late July. Photo credit: Dan Leonard Response/Ignition Specialist
The tide is turning in the battle against wildfires in the Northeast Region.
Wednesday, nearly 200 forest fire refugees from Henvey Inlet First Nation began returning to their homes.
It has been three weeks since heavy smoke from the Parry Sound 33 fire forced residents to flee and despite being able to return, remain on evacuation alert.
A total fire ban continues throughout northeastern Ontario.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has committed an additional $100 million to fight the 120 forest fires still burning in Ontario.
The funding will go to continued fire response efforts, including supplies and equipment used to battle the fires, says Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Jeff Yurek. The money will help pay wages for support personnel and MNRF fire rangers who have been fighting the fires since early July.
The efforts of 1,000 firefighters from Ontario are being assisted by nearly 500 firefighters and support staff from other provinces, the United States and Mexico.