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200 First Nations wildfire evacuees brought in to Winnipeg

08.07.2019 07:27
By: Frank McGwire

Brandon may be needed if fires cause more evacuations


Wildfire smoke blowing in to Manitoba from Northwest Ontario has caused nearly 200 residents from Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations to be evacuated to Winnipeg.
    
According to the Canadian Red Cross, some evacuees could soon be brought into Brandon.

Further evacuations may be needed but it all depend on how the smoke blows and if the situation worsens within the coming days.

The residents brought in so far include infants, the elderly and those with chronic respiratory problems, as well as their escorts.

In June 2018, forest fires prompted about 1,400 people from the two First Nations to be evacuated to Winnipeg.

Another fire northeast of Swan River caused the evacuation of about 850 people from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation.

Those residents were brought to the westman area, many were put up in Brandon hotels.