The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry has issued an emergency order for all of the northwestern part of the province due to increased forest fire activity.
According to the statement from the province, the decree allows the ministry to take special measures to ensure the safety of people and the protection of critical properties.
“I am monitoring the situation closely and my ministry is doing everything in its power to protect people and property in the region” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
A ban on lighting fires is in effect for most of the Northwest and movement is restricted on Crown land near the fires.
As of Wednesday morning, there are 90 active wildfires in Northern Ontario, 80 of which are in the Northwest.
Pikangikum First Nation, located 100 km north of Red Lake, wants to evacuate up to 800 vulnerable people due to smoke from forest fires.
A state of emergency was declared Monday evening, to officially get help from the province and the federal government.
Residents of the Municipality of Red Lake have chosen to leave before the official evacuation order, which could come soon, according to Mayor Fred Mota.