Henvey Inlet First Nation- Henvey Inlet First Nation (HIFN) residents are going home.
After learning about the progress made by fire crews on Parry Sound Forest Fire 33, HIFN Chief and Council have rescinded the evacuation order.
Although the area itself remains on evacuation alert, HIFN leadership made the decision to allow community members to return to their homes. However, the community will be on a three-hour evacuation alert.
Chief Wayne McQuabbie says, “Based on mapping showing where all air support and fire crews activities on the ground along with constant updates from command supervisors, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry officials, I felt comfortable knowing hose line has been run on sections of the eastern flank west of our community off Highway 69, and felt safe to allow community members to return home.”
Chief McQuabbie said the community is grateful to the fire crews and MNRF for the work they are putting into extinguishing the fire.
The fire broke out July 18th. When heavy smoke hit Henvey Inlet First Nation , Chief and Council declared a State of Emergency on July 21st issueing an evacuation order when concerns about health and safety of citizens became paramount.
During the evacuation order, the 192 community resident members were spread out in hotels and other accommodations between Parry Sound and Sudbury. They are very happy and relived to be returning home.
Community member Angele Dubois says, “I’m Just excited to get back to everyday life and grateful for the fire fighters who ensured we had a community to go back to, but I’m still going to keep a go-bag by the door in case we have to leave, but I’m still really happy to be going home.”