Update on Kenora 51 fire
As the Kenora 51 fire threatens Wabaseemoong Independant First Nation, the Chief and Council have been working closely with the MNRF to come up with a plan of action in case an evacuation is necessary.
The fire burning just 12 kilometers north of the community is currently predicted to be 183,430 hectares in size. The MNRF is using helicopters with buckets and water bombing to combat the fires, as well as ignition crews to bring the fire to natural boundaries. Crews are also working to protect community values and critical infrastructure and an Incident Management Team is established on the fire.
Chief Waylon Scott stated that he and his council are assessing the situation on a daily basis, and at this point have implemented to start evacuations. However, with the situation changing so quickly, they are continuing to explore options to make sure everyone aren’t displaced too far away from their homes, and immediate needs or families.
Chief Scott had also posted on social media that a 12-24 hour grace period will be given to ensure a full evacuation of the community, if it becomes necessary. Including a multiple stage plan for vulnerable populations and those with underlying health conditions, and then proceed to evacuate the community as a whole.
As of yesterday over 100 fires are actively burning across Northwestern Ontario, with 18 fires not under control, 4 being held, 14 under control, and 73 are being monitored.