Man helping to fight Outaouais forest fire dies
Quebec officials confirm a man working on a forest fire north of Ottawa died Sunday.
“The worker was an employee provided by a supplier of auxiliary labour, supporting the work of the forest firefighters,” wrote Cathy Elliott Morneau of the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu.
Officials have identified the man as Isaiah Nottaway, 32, from the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi.
Flames ignited a response in Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette around 2 p.m. Saturday. The firefight, happening 60 kilometres north of the nation’s capital, surpassed the 24-hour mark and lingered into Sunday.
The last update from Quebec’s forest protection agency is that the fire is contained, but not extinguished.
Fire officials say the blaze started after an out building in the forest caught on fire.
The City of Ottawa is under a fire ban. The Outaouais region is not.