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A full evacuation of the municipality of Red Lake due to forest fires remains likely, the mayor said Monday, following news Friday that members of Deer Lake First Nation would be fully evacuating, and residents of two other First Nations were already leaving their communities. More than 100 fires were reported in the region Monday morning. “There’s three significant large fires to the west of our community,” Red Lake Mayor Fred Mota told CBC News. They are: Kenora Fire 51, approximately 100,000 hectares. Red Lake Fire 77, at 20,000 hectares large. Red Lake Fire 16, at 120,000 hectares. “All of these are to the north, south and west of our community,” said Mota. “There’s a projection that these three fires are going to connect at some point, creating a fire well over 200,000 hectares.” On Friday, the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General confirmed that Deer Lake First Nation is fully evacuating at the request of the community leadership, with Red Lake 51 burning about 26 kilometres west of the community. Deer Lake had already been partially evacuated, with vulnerable residents being hosted in other communities in Ontario, including Thunder Bay, Cochrane and Cornwall.

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