Forest / Wild Fire in Canada on May 31 2019 04:44 AM (UTC).
Canadian government officials are working to evacuate a remote northwestern Ontario First Nations community being threatened by a fast-growing wildfire. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the fire near Pikangikum has grown to 2,993 hectares (7,395 acres) as of late Thursday afternoon, seven times larger than it was Thursday morning, and is not contained. (The Thursday afternoon estimate was originally put at 3,300 hectares and later reduced.) Canadian Armed Forces personnel are working to evacuate the fly-in community, which has about 4,000 residents. The City of Thunder Bay said it is preparing to receive about 300 evacuees over the next two days. "We are prepared to provide any support we can to our northern neighbors in their time of need, and will be working hard to provide for the comfort of evacuees coming to Thunder Bay," Mayor Bill Mauro said in a news release. Pikangikum is not connected to the road system, so the evacuation must be conducted by plane. The community is about 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) northwest of Thunder Bay by air.