There are some special visitors in our region today. More than 250 Evacuees from Eabametoong First Nation also known as Fort Hope, arrived yesterday due to a forest fire southwest of their community. There are 105 people staying in Kapuskasing, while another 150 are in Timmins.

Tom Laughren, Timmins Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator praised the team they have in place. He added that they’ll be working closely with Gervais Emergency Consulting as well as the health systems and community partners.

Eabametoong First Nation has a population of about 2,800 and is located north of Geraldton. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire crews are fighting the blaze in that region. The evacuees are expected to be in the communities for up to 10 days.