- The Canadian Red Cross is preparing to evacuate the isolated Manitoba First Nation’s inhabitants as an out-of-control wildfire threatens it.
As an out-of-control wildfire threatens to threaten the isolated Manitoba First Nation, the Canadian Red Cross is working to evacuate its population.
According to authorities, the fire doubled in size overnight and is now roaring within two kilometers from Pukatawagan, the largest community in the First Nation.
There, Val Charette serves as a mental health counselor. She claims that since Thursday, the fire has kept her away.
She described her shock at the size and quantity of the fires that were engulfing the neighborhood. We’ve just been working hard while getting about four hours of sleep each night.
Residents are being evacuated to Thompson and The Pas with the help of the Red Cross.
Communications Manager Jason Small states, “Our aim is to get them out by the end of tonight, between planes and trains.”
If they run out of a hotel room, the humanitarian organization sets up an emergency shelter area for evacuees at the University of Winnipeg.
This is clearly not the best option, Small said. “We prefer that guests stay in hotels, but we have this just in case.”
According to the provincial government, more resources will be brought to help extinguish the fire. Water bombers have been dispatched from the Northwest Territories to assist, and up to 40 firefighters are arriving from Ontario.
CTV News has contacted the chief and also the council of the First Nation, but no response has been received.
Source: CTV News
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