Little Grand Rapids First Nation residents return home after wildfire smoke evacuations

Residents from Little Grand Rapids First Nation are returning home after being evacuated due to wildfire smoke in the area over the weekend.More than 105 Priority One residents were moved to Winnipeg on Sunday, staying in hotels since their arrival.Priority One residents include the elderly, babies and those with respiratory issues.READ MORE: Manitoba Red Cross evacuating residents from 2 First Nations due to wildfire smokeManitoba Red Cross says it’s now safe for them to return home. Some will fly home Thursday, while the rest will return Friday.An additional 115 individuals…

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Manitoba Red Cross evacuating residents from 2 First Nations due to wildfire smoke

The Canadian Red Cross is assisting in the evacuation of residents from Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations due to wildfire smoke in the communities.In a statement, the Red Cross says it will be evacuating “Priority 1” residents, which include the elderly, babies and those with chronic respiratory problems.READ MORE: Experts forecast wildfire danger increasing in parts of Western CanadaStory continues belowA maximum of 150 residents from Little Grand Rapids should be completely evacuated by the end of Sunday, while up to 50 residents will be evacuated from Pauingassi…

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Five times more smoke in Winnipeg so far in 2018

Smoke from wildfires has affected Winnipeg far more than normal this summer.Due to wildfires in BC, Alberta and now Manitoba, Winnipeg has reported smoke for 79 hours as of 6 p.m. CT.READ MORE: Thick smoke caused by forest fires near the Manitoba-Ontario borderIn a typical year, Winnipeg will see 15 hours of smoke. This is based on Environment Canada statistics from 1981-2010.According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, smoke hours accumulate when smoke is being observed and is reducing visibility to less than 10 kilometres.Smoke and haze will continue to…

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