AANDC, Sopfeu, & CNE (Reggie Gilpin)
Music Credits: Ladder 49 Soundtrack, JayR Cheezo, CCR, and
IZ Tribute Song
The massive fire in Northern Quebec is Canada's second
largest fire since fire records began in 1959, according to
the Canadian Forest Service. The fire was nearly twice the
size of Montreal with a final count of 1,621,000 acres /
655,995 hectares burnt! Called the "Eastmain Fire", the
near-record blaze was ignited by lightning on May 25, 2013
and was burning along a 100-km front near the east shore of
James Bay. At times, the fire spread would reach 30 km/hr
and winds would blow smoke toward the village causing the
activation to evacuate nearly 300 people out of Eastmain.
Isolated, the small amount of people left behind worked day
and night to protect the homes of 700 people with the help
of others who came from across Canada.
With the constant threat of burning at
any time by rapid changing winds and unpredictable fire
spread, this video is a tribute for the courage,
determination, and hard work of all the Workers who stopped
at nothing to save Eastmain!