07/21/2013 08:28 EDT | Updated 09/20/2013 05:12 EDT

Manitoba fires forces 785 people from their homes

A large forest fire in northern Manitoba has forced 785 people from their homes in the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Man.

The fire has spread across 15,000 hectares of land and remains approximately 8 kilometres northwest of the community.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters have coordinated the evacuation of individuals and their escorts from the community.

Tataskweyak Cree Nation is 11 hours north of Winnipeg.