Forest fire forces closure of Pickle Lake Airport, Ontario

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The 450 or so residents of Pickle Lake woke up without electricity and under a heavy layer of smoke on Friday morning. Although the fire is getting closer to the community, the mayor of the municipality maintains that an evacuation is not necessary at the moment.

The Sioux Lookout 8 fire almost quadrupled in the night of June 7 to 8, from 200 to almost 800 hectares.

However, favorable winds pushed the flames away from the small town on Thursday night, allowing for the reopening of the only access road at approximately 8:30 pm

The residents of Mishkeegogamang who were stuck here last night were able to get home , says Mayor Dwight Monck.

However, the winds have since changed course, he says.

The winds are weak for the moment, but should intensify this afternoon in our direction , says the mayor. It could bring the flames back to us. 

Pickle Lake Airport is closed Friday morning due to the proximity of the fire.

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The airport is closed to general aviation, but it is open for operations to fight the fire  , says the mayor.

The mayor said four water bombers and several helicopters are deployed with ground crews to contain the fire.

For now, we are not too bad in point , he said around 9 am Friday morning. The community hall is open and we offer a breakfast and a coffee to the residents. 

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