Five flights are scheduled to arrive today in the city of Timmins with residents of the Keewaywin First Nation near Red Lake.

The community of just over 400, is under threat of a raging forest fire.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says  Fire Red Lake 23 is about 12 kilometers from Keewaywin and is estimated to cover 55-thousand hectares.  It’s listed as not under control.

Two more flights are scheduled for Friday, which will bring the number of evacuees to 250.

 “The City of Timmins, its partners and its residents have been wonderful in accepting and accommodating two large groups who were unfortunately displaced from their homes and communities already this year,” said Mayor George Pirie, in a media release .   “We are fortunate to have the resources available and are able to quickly reconvene the Emergency Management team to assist another northern community in its time of need.”