News Northern communities start accepting evacuees displaced by forest fires SHARE ON: Rocco Frangione, contributor, Tuesday, Jul. 9th, 2019 Residents of remote First Nations are relocating to other communities after forest fires threaten their homes. (Supplied by MNRF) Mayors in Northern Ontario are being contacted by Solicitor General Minister Brent Ross. He’s reaching out to northern communities to see who can help residents of remote First Nations facing possible evacuations because of forest fires. So far North Bay has not been contacted. However, Ross says several communities could be impacted in the coming days and weeks and there will be an urgent need for host communities to provide havens for the affected residents. So far Keewaywin First Nation and Pikangikum First Nation have declared a state of emergency. Timmins and Sioux Lookout are accepting all residents of Keewaywin who were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, vulnerable residents of Pikangikum are being evacuated to Hearst and Kapuskasing. Ross says the forest fire season is a challenging one to date in the north with numerous fires spread across the region and some are very close to remote First Nations. He says it’s important for communities to help those in need.