125 hectares of marsh land lost in fire at Point Pelee National Park – Ontario News

125 hectares of marsh land lost in fire at Point Pelee National Park – Ontario News


At least 125 hectares of marsh land have been destroyed in a massive fire at Point Pelee National Park that raged overnight and continued Thursday morning.

The Leamington Fire Department became aware of the blaze around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters arrived on the park property to find an area in flames near the marsh boardwalk.

Multiple firefighting units worked to prevent the fire from spreading to the boardwalk.

Parks Canada crews closed the park while OPP blocked traffic.

According to the Leamington Fire Department, there was no public hazard.

The fire burned through the night and into the morning while firefighters and park officials monitored the situation.

Flames were still present 5 a.m. But by 11 a.m., the Leamington Fire Department said the fire appeared to be out — thanks, in part, to the rain.

More to come.


Marsh land on fire at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington on the night of March 29, 2017.

Jason Kryk /

Windsor Star

Marsh land on fire at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington on the night of March 29, 2017.


Marsh land on fire at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington on the night of March 29, 2017.

Jason Kryk /

Windsor Star



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