Poplar Hill First Nation evacuees can finally return to their homes after a week-long stay in Kenora.

Forest fire activity has calmed down around the community enough to allow the evacuees to safely make the trip home.

The evacuees and Chief Comber expressed their appreciation for the efforts by the City of Kenora and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to make their stay as positive as possible, given the situation.

The EOC partners made the comfort and safety of the evacuees a priority keeping in daily contact with the Chief and making sure their needs were met with the resources available in the City.

The City of Kenora wants to thank all of the community businesses for the daily prepared meals for the evacuees during the busiest time of the year. The businesses were very helpful and were empathetic to the situation accommodating all the City’s requests. The wildfire situation can change quickly.

The City of Kenora is keeping its doors open to the Poplar Hill community if they need to come back to Kenora. They wish them well and hope they stay safe as they settle in back home.