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Vulnerable residents evacuated from Eabametoong First Nation

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A forest fire burning in the Northwest region is causing air quality concerns for nearby residents, prompting a second evacuation.

Smoke from Nipigon 45, located approximately 38 kilometres west/southwest of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope), is causing air quality concerns for the remote community, situated on the Albany River.

As of press time Nipigon 45 is burning at 5,475 hectares in size and not under control. The fire began on August 9. Community leaders in Eabametoong have decided to evacuate vulnerable members of the community as a first stage and are considering further options.

At this time, seven FireRanger crews are currently committed to Nipigon 45 and a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the fire.

The forest fire hazard in that part of the fire region is currently extreme.

Red Lake 49 prompted the evacuation of the town of Red Lake, starting Monday night. It has been burning since August 10.

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