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Forest fire continues to grow near town in northwestern Ontario

August 12, 2020   by The Canadian Press

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RED LAKE, Ont. – Residents of Red Lake, Ont., continue to flee the community as a nearby wildfire continues to grow.

A spokesman for provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says aircraft are available to help with evacuations, and about 200 more people are expected to leave the town of approximately 4,000 today.

Greg Flood says the government’s “top priority remains the health and safety of residents in northern communities impacted by wildfires.”

The northern cities of Timmins and Thunder Bay are accepting evacuees from Red Lake and the nearby Eabametoong First Nation.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the fire is 750 hectares in size and receiving aerial fire suppression.

Jolanta Kowalski says the blaze is burning approximately three kilometres south of the Red Lake townsite and three kilometres west of a major highway in the area.

Ontario Provincial Police says the cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation, but foul play is not suspected at this time.


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