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Highway 11 Open to Local Traffic Only as Crews Continue to Battle Fires

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The hot and dry conditions did not help as a fire between Hearst and Mattice forced the OPP to close off Highway 11 between Kapuskasing and Mattice.

Staff Sergeant Baldassare Nuccio says the good news is none of the larger communities needed to be evacuated, it’s mostly been cottage goers and smaller areas like Greenstone.

Nuccio says the OPP’s closure of the highway was only precautionary for public safety.

He says it isn’t the first fire that cropped up this weekend, adding a fire in Val Cote and a garage fire in Hearst had to be dealt with as well.

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The MNR, the MTO and the OPP tackled the situation together as Hydro One crews worked into the night to restore power to most of the affected area.

Highway 11 in the area is currently open to local traffic only.

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