Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 2,000 Forced to Leave Manitoba Communities Due to Wildfires

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 2,000 Forced to Leave Manitoba Communities Due to Wildfires

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Wildfires force evacuations in Manitoba

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THE PAS, Man. - More than 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate two northern Manitoba communities due to approaching wildfires.

The Manitoba government said Friday that residents must leave Easterville and Chemawawin First Nation because of smoke and the threat from a fire that has moved to within half-a-kilometre of the community.

Fire crews, including two water bombers, are working on three fires in the area.

Approximately 70 people from the community of Easterville will be heading to The Pas while up to 2,000 people from the neighbouring Chemawawin First Nation will be going to Winnipeg.

A graduation ceremony on the Chemawawin reserve was cut short before the grads even got their diplomas because of the evacuation order. …

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