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Pikangikum First Nation evacuation plan paused due to lack of host communities: chief

By Emerald Bensadoun
Canadian Press in Global News
July 10, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Evacuation by land and water of an Indigenous community threatened by a forest fire in northern Ontario has been put on hold because of a lack of places to send the residents, its chief said on Wednesday. The evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation was now expected to resume on Thursday, as crews battled a fire burning about six kilometres to the southwest. The Ontario government said it was reaching out to mayors across the province to ask them to host rest of Pikangikum’s 3,800 residents. …Smoke inhalation was a serious issue on Tuesday, prompting Environment Canada to issue a special air quality alert, but Hoppe said some of the smoke had lifted, making it easier to airlift residents out of Pikangikum. Hoppe said Thunder Bay was hosting 600 evacuees in hotels, and was looking at the logistics of taking in more _ regardless of whether Pikangikum can find other hosts.

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