The evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation is expected to continue today as provincial firefighting crews figure out the best way to combat what has rapidly become the largest forest fire burning in the region.

By late Tuesday afternoon, Fire No. 23 had quickly grown “under extreme burning conditions” to just over 37,000 hectares — about 10 times larger than last month’s forest fire that forced about 2,000 evacuees to flee Pikangikum First Nation.

Fire No. 23, which was detected June 15, is burning about 16 kilometres south-west of Keewaywin, a fly-in reserve about 500 km northwest of Thunder Bay. About 450 people live on the reserve.

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