Wildfires Force Mishkeegogamang First Nations Evacuations in Ontario
The Mishkeegogamang First Nations were evacuated in northwestern Ontario because of smoke from a lightning-caused forest fire, which Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) characterized as a “fire of note” that was out of control as of Sunday June 26.
In a region known as Sioux Lookout 35, the fire was 47,000 hectares and listed as not under control as of Sunday, according to the MNR press release published in SooToday.com, an online newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Kenora Daily News & Miner said that drifting smoke was inhibiting aerial operations and reducing visibility as far south as the U.S. border and east as far as Thunder Bay.
“Values protection operations have been completed within the community of Mishkeegogomang as a precautionary measure,” the newspaper reported. “Public safety and values protection continues to be top priority. Sunday's weather forecast will once again bring potential for extreme fire behavior.”
It is the latest of several First Nations areas that have been evacuated due to wildfires, including a few communities near Slave Lake, a town that was 30 percent destroyed in a recent wildfire.