Evolution suspends Red Lake mine after fire threats

Evolution suspends Red Lake mine after fire threats”

A forest fire in Red Lake area of the Canadian province of Ontario has grown to over 750 hectares on Wednesday, forcing local residents to evacuate, according to the Ontario government.

As the fire inches closer to Red Lake, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) said at least four crews are actively working on property and structural protection.

"We are asking all residents to immediately evacuate from the municipality", said Mayor Fred Mota Wednesday morning.

Local firefighters are already tackling the worst affected areas with over 6,000 acres already having burnt in just the first few hours after the flames took hold according to officials in the area.

A spokesman for the provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General said aircraft were available to help with evacuations, and about 200 more people were expected to leave the town of approximately 4,000 today.

"Vulnerable residents from the community will be flown to Thunder Bay and provided accommodations and support", the spokesperson said in a statement.

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Early Monday afternoon the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services say Red Lake 49 is a five-hectare fire located approximately two kilometres northeast of Madsen.

The northern cities of Timmins and Thunder Bay are accepting evacuees from Red Lake and the nearby Eabametoong First Nation.

The MNRF have worked to slow down the progress of the fire using an aerial attack, heavy equipment, and Initial Attack FireRangers throughout the day.

Out of control forest fire poses threat to Northwestern Ontario community.

"We're hoping no other fires pop up", he said. Provincial Police have also closed Highway 618 at Madsen because of the fire.

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