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Military Personnel Preparing to Join Firefighting in the North PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Sunday, 05 July 2015 12:40

Officials with the Saskatchewan government provided another update today on the current wildfire situation in the province.

Since the evacuation notice was given for La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, 1136 people were registered at the JRMCC hall and transported by bus to Prince Albert.

Of those, 500 are now on their way to an evacuation centre in Cold Lake, Alberta.

The province's Commissioner of Emergency Management Duane McKay says a call was put out to municipal services across the province for assistance.

Crews from Prince Albert, the R-M of Buckland, Saskatoon, Prince Albert National Park, Warman, Humbolt, Muskoday First Nation all sent personnel or equipment to La Ronge.

Thirty-five other fire departments are on standby and ready to join the effort if needed.

McKays says a request has also been submitted to the federal government and the military is preparing units to send to northern Saskatchewan and could begin arriving within 12 to 24 hours.

Up to 1000 military personnel are expected in self-contained units which will assist existing fire crews.

As of today, about 50 communities are under a total or partial evacuation because of smoke and fire.

So far this year about 300,00 hectares have been affected by fires in the north compared to the yearly average of 30,000.

To the west, communities of Hall Lake, Sikachu and Clam Lake, and Pinehouse remain evacuated because of other fires in those areas.

Officials are also working fires very near Wadin Bay, Sucker River and Nemeiben to the north.

Further south fires are still being worked in the Weyakwin, Ramsey Bay and Montreal Lake Cree Nation area.

Highway 102 north of La Ronge is closed to all traffic.

Evacuees who have driven south who would like to register with the Red Cross or need information on family members can call the Red Cross at 1-888-953-3463.

They are also asked to register at the Margo Fournier Centre (north of Northgate Mall) in Prince Albert.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 13:42
 
Fire Fighting continues in La Ronge and Other Northern Communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by david smith   
Sunday, 05 July 2015 10:28

Update From the Town of La Ronge: July 15, 2015 10 a.m.

Fire continued to threaten the Town of La Ronge overnight, advancing past the north end of the airport but not reaching the community itself.

Following a mandatory evacuation for the Town, fire crews – with help from a number of southern communities – patrolled the north edge of the town, while security monitored the evacuation.

The weather forecast is for cooler temperatures, but also a north wind, with only a chance of scattered rain. Air attack is still suppressed by smoke.

Access north of the Montreal River is restricted to essential personnel. There is also a general evacuation advisory for the neighbouring communities of Air Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band as declared by local councils Saturday.

The Jonas Roberts Centre is open today for anyone still needing assistance.

Highway 2 southbound is open, but traffic northwards from Prince Albert to La Ronge is being limited to emergency services.

To the west, communities of Hall Lake, Sikachu and Clam Lake remain evacuated because of other fires in those areas.

Officials are also working fires very near Wadin Bay, Sucker River and Nemeiben to the north. Highway 102 north of La Ronge to those communities is closed to all traffic.

The resort areas of Napatak and Potato Lake to the south are not immediately threatened, but evacuation is still prudent.

Officials remind drivers to obey all check stops and barricades, as access to many areas is restricted to essential personnel.

The hospital is within the mandatory evacuation area, so health services has moved patients, and the emergency clinic is now operating out of the ambulance centre.

Emergency services are still available through 911.

For more information, monitor local radio, Town of La Ronge website, and the social media sites of local leadership.

Evacuees can register with the Red Cross at 1-888-953-3463, or stop at the Margo Fournier Centre (north of Northgate Mall) in Prince Albert.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 10:30
 
Extra Fire & Police Arrive In La Ronge, Sprinklers Set Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Sunday, 05 July 2015 10:05

Sunday Fire Update from La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki:

July 5, 2015. 10 a.m.

Fire is still at the La Ronge Airport and within municipal boundaries there.

La Ronge Regional Fire, Buckland Fire, City of PA, Saskatchewan Environment actioned the fire throughout the night.

Additional units have arrived from Warman and Saskatoon and more units are expected to arrive today.

Sprinkler units are being set up in the north end of the Town of La Ronge.

Areas sprinklered include Dalby, Riese and the sewer treatment facility.

Weather conditions are cooler today but 40km gust will make fire suppression difficult.

The Town of La Ronge is under a Mandatory Evacuation.

La Ronge RCMP is providing security to the community and additional resources have arrived.

Emergency Medical Services are fully mobilized.

Call 911 for emergencies only.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 10:08
 
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