First Nation Evacuees Head Home Ending Timmins State of Emergency 
The last 47 Pikangikum First Nation evacuees left Timmins today after almost four weeks sheltering from devastating wild fires in northwestern Ontario.

As a result, Timmins is ending the State of Emergency declared on July 14, which allowed the City to access additional resources and provincial aid.

Timmins’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to help aid evacuees is due, in part, to the cooperation of community partners and service agencies including the Independent First Nation Alliance (IFNA), Canadian Rangers, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), and local first responders.

“We’re happy to see our Pikangikum guests returning home,” says Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Laughren. “It’s been a long few weeks for community members who were worried and missing family and friends, but the team we had in place did an outstanding job of supporting the evacuees. Our ability to act fast depends on working together quickly to provide a coordinated response. Thank you to each organization and agency that stepped up to assist.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer On 8/10/2021 at 4:38 PM  

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