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Canada Forest fire causes evacuation of Red Lake, Ont., highway 105 expected to be compromised by afternoon

19:45  11 august  2020
19:45  11 august  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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The forest fire season heating up in northwestern Ontario has caused smoky conditions in many communities in the northwestern reaches of the province. The sky in Red Lake , Ont ., is orange and brown after smoke from forest fires in northwestern Ontario blew into the community.

The forest fire season heating up in northwestern Ontario has caused smoky conditions in many That evacuation was , at the time, the largest evacuation in Canada during peace time. Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Red Lake , Ear Falls, Pickle Lake , Sandy Lake and

Red Lake, Ont., municipal officials are urging residents to evacuate the community immediately as a forest fire south of the township rages on.

As of Tuesday morning, officials said residents should evacuate as soon as possible, as Highway 105, a main passage in the community is expected to be compromised by the fire by noon.

Early discussions with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) indicate that the community's "main hydro and main corridor will be compromised by noon central time, which means no one will be in or out of the community except for air traffic," said Mayor Fred Mota in an interview with CBC.

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Crews fighting forest fires in northern Ontario are receiving help from other provinces, the U.S. and And more help is expected to arrive on Monday. The ministry said 104 people from Mexico arrived in Evacuations . The fires have prompted the evacuation of some communities in northern Ontario.

Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire 23, a forest fire raging eight kilometres south of the community of Keewaywin, has grown to 926 square kilometres – nearly twice the size of the fire threatening Pikangikum. Keewaywin First Nation completed a full evacuation of its roughly 450 residents last

The municipality, which is home to more than 4,000 people, and is located about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, issued an initial evacuation order at around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, urging vulnerable people to leave immediately. A state of emergency in conjunction with the MNRF was also declared, according to the mayor.

"There's still people out, the gas stations were filled, people just wanted to get out and be safe, and that was our message to our residents," said Mota, who was still in Red Lake as of Tuesday morning.

Residents have been asked to register for temporary shelter at the township office in Ear Falls, Ont., or at the Dryden, Ont., recreation arena. Mota said the municipality is also in discussion with the city of Thunder Bay about hosting evacuees.

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The blaze, known as Red Lake Fire Number 23, grew to almost 546 square kilometers after strong winds stoked what began as a small fire . More than 200 residents were evacuated during the week to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, as the fire crept closer to the community, according to reports.

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"We are waiting for further direction from the emergency management team as to where host communities may be. We haven't heard anything yet about being out of province, for people going to Winnipeg," said Mota.

Fire reported to be 420 hectares in size

The fire, called Red Lake 49, was first reported by Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services on Monday.

At the time, the blaze was reported to be approximately five hectares in size, with five water bombers active in the area to assist with the efforts.

a close up of a map: Officials in Red Lake, Ont., located about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, urged residents to evacuate Tuesday as a forest fire burned nearby. © CBC News Officials in Red Lake, Ont., located about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, urged residents to evacuate Tuesday as a forest fire burned nearby.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire is reported to be 420 hectares in size, according to the MNRF.

"It just kept growing due to the winds that we were experiencing here in Red Lake and there were large gusts this morning," said Mota. "There's predictions of the same type of wind behaviour, which is burning at approximately a kilometre per hour."

Ministry firefighters and volunteer firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

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