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MNRF announces Implementation Order to evacuate Red Lake

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity in the Red Lake area from RED049, an Implementation Order is in effect until further notice that requires the evacuation of non-essential personnel in the affected area and restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.

UNFC distributing fresh healthy food to those in need

As people in the district watch their grocery bills rise, and their options decrease, the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) is stepping into help make some meals more complete.

From noon until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, the UNFC will be offering fresh, healthy food to go from their Circle of Life Centre at 616 Mowat Ave in Fort Frances.

Restaurants rely on locals to keep doors open during border closure

In a place like Fort Frances where most local businesses rely on tourists from the United States and other parts of Ontario, the hospitality sector has been hit hard by COVID-19.

Edith Bodnar, owner of Harbourage, said they are usually very busy, but when COVID-19 hit, they were closed down to takeout.

Evacuation continues

The evacuation of the municipality of Red Lake is ongoing as a nearby forest fire continues to burn.

In a message to Facebook this morning, Red Lake Mayor Fred Mota stressed that even as firefighters continue their work to battle the blaze, residents need to be on the move.

“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our community to evacuate,” Mota wrote.