Heavy smoke, mechanical issues delay evacuation efforts on Mathias Colomb Cree Nation – CBC

Jul 17, 2022

Wildfire is 230 square kilometres in size, less than a kilometre away from the community: Wildfire Service

Heavy smoke and technical issues delayed final evacuations on Mathias Colomb Cree Nation as community members continue to flee an out-of-control wildfire on Sunday.

Ralph Caribou, the UCN Coordinator for Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, has been actively working on the evacuations. The chief, a councillor and 40 residents were still trying to escape the area on Sunday morning, Caribou said in an email to CBC.

“This morning heavy smoke continues,” he wrote. A helicopter and plane both aiding with the evacuation efforts experienced engine problems on Saturday due to the smoke, Caribou said, and were unable to take off.

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