The Kirkland Lake Community Control Group working with the MNR will be allowing a controlled return of residents to the Goodfish Lake and Nettie Lake areas. There will be announcements on CJKL radio regarding the status on current roadblocks.
The fire, dubbed Kirkland Lake 8 is approximately three kilometres north of the town and began Sunday May 20, 2012. It continues to be listed as ‘not under control’ although it has remained the same size at 2635 hectares.
If there is no further threatening fire behaviour, Goodfish Lake and Nettie Lake residents will be allowed to return at 6:00 p.m. Police roadblocks will remain in place and all vehicles will be checked to confirm residency. Only local residents will be allowed access. The road will be open to local residents only.
Dorothy Lake, Lauramay Lake and Ferguson Lake Roads and areas remain closed. This also includes all areas north of the Nettie Lake including but not limited to Lawgraves Lake.
This will mean the return home of all permanent residents. The residents were evacuated on Sunday May 20, 2012.
In both locations, if the residents are allowed to return, it will be announced on CJKL radio at 6:00 p.m. May 27, 2012.
Residents are advised, when they return to their homes, their access is to their property only. The Implementation Order put in place by the Ministry of Natural Resources on May 21, 2012 remains in effect. The order prohibits the use and occupation, travel on and use of any and all forest access roads and trails on Crown lands in the Townships of Teck, Morrisette and Bernhardt, as known as the incorporated Municipality of the Town of Kirkland Lake; is prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit as issued by the Kirkland District of the MNR.
The Implementation Order also restricts travel and use of Crown land in the eastern portions of Grenfell and Maisonville Township.
As well, heavy equipment will continue to work in the area, values protection will remain on the properties and Airport Road east of Nettie Lake Road is closed.
The fire is not under control at this time. Those residents who have returned home must remain in a high state of readiness. There is no evacuation order at this time, but residents are asked to continue to be prepared. Preparation includes fill your vehicle with fuel, packing three days clothing, all medication, First-aid Kit, food and bottled water, important papers, personal items and pets.