Federal government helping evacuate residents of First Nation due to wildfire threat

·1 min read

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The federal government says it's helping to evacuate residents of Poplar Hill First Nation in northern Ontario, which is under an "imminent" wildfire threat.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the community requested assistance, and the Canadian Armed Forces will evacuate residents by air.

The City of Thunder Bay, Ont., says it will host as many as 300 people from the community.

The city says in a news release that the fire known as Red Lake 65 is burning 10 kilometres west of the community in northwestern Ontario.

It says the remaining residents of Poplar Hill First Nation will be hosted in other northern Ontario communities.

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources says Red Lake 65 covers about 40 square kilometres, and is burning out of control.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 11, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting