Island Lake evacuees flee forest fires as precaution

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MORE evacuees from the Island Lake region were bound for Winnipeg as forest fires and smoke continued to threaten the area Tuesday.

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MORE evacuees from the Island Lake region were bound for Winnipeg as forest fires and smoke continued to threaten the area Tuesday.

“With St. Theresa Point, 428 priority one people are already out of the community since Friday and we have two more planeloads coming out today,” said Daren Mini, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Native FireFighters Inc.

Priority one people include the frail, chronically ill, seniors, pregnant women and newborns. The evacuations are considered precautionary.

The native firefighters association works with First Nations and the federal and provincial governments to co-ordinate evacuations when disasters threaten First Nations.

Manitoba Conservation reported there is a forest fire 16 kilometres south of the Island Lake airport, but there were no plans Tuesday to use water bombers to fight it.

So far, the native firefighters association has flown 970 evacuees south since last week.

Most, about 655 people, were in Winnipeg hotels and another 315 people from Garden Hill were staying in Brandon. They include 116 from Red Sucker Lake, 111 from Wasagamack in addition to the hundreds from Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point. With the exception of the fire south of Island Lake, most of the smoke hazard comes from forest fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan to the west and from Ontario to the east. Island Lake is near the Manitoba-Ontario border, about 470 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

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