Deer Lake Ontario
July 9, 2011 by staff
Deer Lake Ontario, About half of the 1,000 residents of Deer Lake First Nation are living hundreds of miles from their homes after wildfires forced the partial evacuation of the remote community in northwestern Ontario. The smoke poured into the community and the flames were dangerously close to the airport on Thursday, when leaders decided on a partial evacuation.
Canadian military aircraft helped transport the sick and the elderly, babies and their parents to Greenstone, Ont., Located about 600 miles southeast.
Deputy Chief Randy Deer Lake Meekis told CBC News that the smoke has decreased slightly since the evacuation, but said that the fire can still be seen on the lake.
“The contents of the fire is near and we are working on one for the spirits are high right now,” he said.
However, it could be days or even weeks before residents can return to Deer Lake and several other up in First Nations communities in the area surrounded by trees in flames.
Deb McLean of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources said recent rains have helped reduce the dozens of fires in the area, but said that the rains often come with a flash that can cause more fires.
“Some fires are burning while some, one flank of a fire can get up and you have to do the terrorist action of water in it,” he said. For now, evacuees remain in the recreation center in Greenstone.
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