Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Members of Manitoba First Nation to Return Home after Forest Fire

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Members of Manitoba First Nation to Return Home after Forest Fire

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Residents to return to Manitoba First Nation

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WINNIPEG - People who fled a First Nation in east-central Manitoba that was threatened by a massive wildfire are to start returning to their homes this weekend.

The fly-in community of Little Grand Rapids northeast of Winnipeg was evacuated on May 20.

The fire forced hundreds of people to huddle in a school gymnasium as they waited for the smoke to clear enough for planes to land.

Initial reports said 11 houses were destroyed.

A total of 974 residents were forced to leave and have been living in hotels in Winnipeg.

Once the fire threat passed, officials had to deal with restoring power, making sure the water was safe to drink and replacing refrigerators.

The Canadian Red Cross said a small group of residents went up earlier this week to make sure everything was OK. …

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