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Ontario forest fire prompts evacuations


A fire rages near the Deer Lake First Nation in Ontario
A fire rages near the Deer Lake First Nation in Ontario

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

July 7, 2011 — About 500 people are being evacuated from northwestern Ontario due to a forest fire.

Fire crews are battling the smoke and flames
Fire crews are battling the smoke and flames

An intense forest fire is threatening Deer Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

About 500 people are being airlifted as the flames creep closer to the town. The fire is burning just over 3 kilometres away, and smoke is quickly becoming a health issue.

The province is coordinating the evacuation along with military and federal personnel. The airlift involves taking people with poor health out of the area to the community of Greenstone, Ontario.

Fire crews with the Ministry of Natural Resources are battling the fire with water bombers. The smoke is affecting three other communitiesin the area, but no evacuation is planned yet for people living there.

For a look at the risk areas across Canada, check The Weather Network's Forest Fire Watch.

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