Manitoba forest fire: evacuees frustrated over how evacuations carried out

Weary forest fire evacuees are settling in at hotels and a convention centre in Winnipeg today as the fight continues to save their communities in the north.

About 37-hundred people have left their homes on three reserves in the Island Lake Region -- Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill.

Chief Alex McDougall of Wasagamack First Nation says there has been a lot of frustration and anger over how the evacuation was carried out.

There is no airstrip in the community, so about two thousand people had to travel by boat to get across the lake.

Then they had to travel another two hours by barge to get to Garden Hill, the only place with an airstrip large enough for the Hercules military plane brought in to help with the rescue.

As of yesterday, the forest fire was still about one kilometre from Wasagamack, and crews were working the line closest to the community to prevent it from advancing.