Our community of Red Lake is on standby to be evacuated from two nearby fires. Three communities north of us have already evacuated some or all of their community members. Last year we evacuated on a moment’s notice because of a fire that started very close to town. This year we have warning and systems are in place. But now we wait.
My mother was evacuated with her long term care home to one in Kenora two nights ago. She is safe.
We are packed. We have decided what we are taking with us.
We have let all of our loved ones know where we are going and what is happening.
We continue to go to work.
We watch Facebook.
We read the news updates.
We wait for the next update from our Mayor.
That is all we can do now.
Wait and be calm. Encourage each other. Be nice to each other. Help each other.
Pray for rain and pray for wind change.
Our firefighters are working hard. We pray for them too.