07/23/2012 09:58 EDT | Updated 09/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Expectant moms, kids, elderly, forced by smoke from two Manitoba communities

BRANDON, Man. - More than 100 people from northern Manitoba have been flown to Brandon to escape forest fire smoke.

The evacuees include children, the elderly and expectant mothers who arrived in the city Sunday evening from the Garden Hill and Island Lake First Nations.

Brian Kayes, Brandon's emergency management director, says the fires are not threatening the communities.

Kayes says the concern is smoke and its possible effect on the evacuees' health.

He says the residents are being provided with hotel rooms, food and health care.

Evacuee Jason Hastings says he doesn't mind be pulled from his community, so long as things return to normal soon and they can go home. (CKLQ)