Wildfire evacuation notice now includes Kashechewan: MP

By Amanda Rabski-McColl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter First Nations in the James Bay lowlands are being evacuated due to forest fires. A fast-moving wildfire to the west of Fort Albany First Nation caused a state of emergency, declared by Chief Elizabeth Kataquapit June 21. Kashechewan First Nation is now also on an evacuation notice, says Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus. It means that people who went across the Albany River to the community are now on the move again. “We had many people boating over to Kashechewan for safety last night, but now Kashechewan is looking to be moved out as well,” said Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus. “What we need is those planes to get people out.” As of yesterday, the fire threatening Fort Albany, Cochrane 11, was 300…

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