2018 July 11
On Saturday July 7, a small forest fire was observed near the mouth of Presqu'isle. (Presqu'isle is a long bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a little upstream of Point Alexander. The axis of the bay is parallel to the river and is separated from the river by a gravel peninsula.) The fire was presumably started by lightning from a thunder storm the previous Thursday. From Saturday through Wednesday (July 11) the fire was attacked by water bombers for a couple of hours each day. On Wednesday, we got the opportunity to go down to Burkes Beach (the point of Point Alexander) to take some photographs. While the Quebec forest-fire webpage still (July 14) lists the fire as only "under control", it certainly appears to be out. Indeed, it was largely out on Wednesday, even though, officially, it was only "being held".