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My Hometown Of Timmins Ontario Canada Declared A State Of Emergency


This past week, the City of Timmins has been declared as a State Of Emergency due to intensive forest fires in multiple and surrounding areas of our community.

The above video is indicative of what our firefighters and emergency personnel have had to contend with. It was taken by a “person unknown” and gives one a stunning and frightening example of how quickly these fires can spread.

This particular fire happened within 5 minutes from my home and has since been extinguished.

However, the fire continues to rage in other parts of the City, more removed from city habitation but closer to cottage and camping sites.

Additionally, other Northern Ontario towns, such as Kirkland Lake, have had to undergo extreme evacuation procedures because of the fire’s proximity to the town’s main core.


However, fatality is resting at zero as of this writing, all due to the stellar and brave efforts of local, national and USA emergency crew. They still have a great deal of work ahead of them, but with cooler weather, low winds and promise of rain, there is a glimmer of hope that this will end soon.

However, it is safe to say that the ground will be burning for the remainder of the summer and that residents will have to be wary of this fact.

For updates, questions, pertinent links and resources, visit the City Of Timmins website.

For those living in others areas, please keep the Northern Ontario community in your thoughts and prayers.


About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

7 Responses to “My Hometown Of Timmins Ontario Canada Declared A State Of Emergency”

  1. Be safe MCL and I hope and pray it rains soon.


  2. Timmins, my Dad’s home town… be safe MCL!


  3. MCL – Just watched the video and realized it was a week ago! I never heard about it on the radio or in the newspaer! How are things now?


  4. Awestruck – things are much better. A family member works for the OPP and the Kirkland Lake area is pretty secure now.

    In Timmins, the weather has turned unseasonably cool now and everyone is thrilled. This will, hopefully, aid the emergency staff in their quest to squelch those stubborn flames once and for all.

    Don’t know now much of the video you watched, but around the 6:30 mark, those flames jump the highway. Incredible to see.

    And, I had no idea your father was from Timmins. What a small world!


  5. Small world indeed MCL, my uncle still lives there. I watched the entire video and have never seen anything like it. 9 plus minutes and to see the fire move like that and jump the highway, scary. Nature in control.


  6. Scary. I’m glad that particular fire is out now. But there are several large wildfires raging in the United States right now & conditions are very very dry in the Midwest.


  7. Really Darlene? I hope you have strong resources to quench those stubborn, threatening flames. Plus rainy and cool weather soon. It is finally pouring here tonight. Finally!


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