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Thunder Bay Responds as Evacuation Centre

July 18, 2011 – Two hundred fifty residents of Sandy Lake First Nation are being evacuated to Thunder Bay this afternoon due to smoke from forest fires. 

 “We expect this will be a long and difficult day for the folks evacuating from Sandy Lake and we are glad to be able to provide a home away from home,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We will work with community leaders from Sandy Lake to provide for the comfort of their people.”

Sandy Lake has 650 residents that require evacuation with the first group going to Sioux Lookout this morning.

The Victoria Inn has indicated it has enough hotel rooms to accommodate the evacuees until they are able to safely return home.

The local coordinating team including the City of Thunder Bay, Police, Fire & Rescue, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Superior North EMS and Canadian Red Cross, has met to make necessary arrangements. The team will deal with evacuee requirements as they emerge. 

Sandy Lake is 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.

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Contact:    Mayor Keith Hobbs, 625-3600
                 Dennis Brescacin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Fire Rescue,