Fire evacuees return home
Water bomber over Shawanaga area
Cody Storm Cooper
An MNR water bomber drops water over a blaze near Shawanaga First Nation Tuesday.
SHAWANAGA – Residents of Shawanaga First Nation were allowed to return home Wednesday as a forest fire near the First Nation community appears to be under control, according to member of the community's council.
Roads were re-opened mid-day and residents allowed to return with the stipulation they remain "on high alert," according to a press release from Shawanaga First Nation.
Some residents returned home, and some zipped in to gather supplies and belongings before leaving again.
According to head councillor Adam Pawis, there will be an increased police presence in the community overnight to ensure the safety of vacated homes.
The fire originated in a nearby home early Tuesday, spreading to the tinder-dry forest and encompassing about two hectares by Tuesday evening. Fire fighters from several area fire departments and the Ministry of Natural Resources were called in to fight the blaze.
In Milford Bay, where between 30 and 50 homes were evacuated because of another fire Tuesday afternoon, residents have also returned home at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Although the fire is out, firefighters are still monitoring the site.