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Highways to Pelican Narrows and Creighton re-opened PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 19:08

An update from Saskatchewan Highways on road restrictions in northeast Saskatchewan:

Highway 106 (also known at the Hanson Lake Road) and Highway 135 (with access to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay) are now open to general traffic.  This includes access to Jan Lake, Tyrell Lake and Pawistik Lake.

Please be advised that conditions may be smoky and there may be fire in proximity to the roads.  You are asked to drive with caution as there will be crews and equipment working in the area.

Again, Highway 106 (the Hanson Lake Road) and Highway 135 (the access highway to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay) have been opened to general traffic as of 7 pm this evening (Thursday, September 14).

This information is provided by Saskatchewan Highways.  Please note that road conditions are subject to change and motorists should listen for further updates on MBC or contact the Highway Hotline for the latest conditions.

 
UPDATE: RCMP search for missing Stanley Mission man PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:55

Photo provided by the RCMP

UPDATE: RCMP say Thomas Ballantyne has been located.

RCMP is seeking any information on the whereabouts of a Stanley Mission man who hasn't been seen for nearly a week.

26 year-old Thomas Ballantyne was last seen at a home in Stanley Mission on Sunday.

RCMP say they have tried to locate him since then but have been unable to do so and are hoping someone from the public may have information that might assist them.

Ballantyne is described as 5'7'' inches tall, 200 lbs and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and a black Washington Capitals baseball cap.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Stanley Mission RCMP at 306-635-2390 or your nearest police or RCMP detachment.

In an emergency, you are asked to call 911.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 08:32
 
Emergency crews aim for quick and safe return of evacuated residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:56

Junction of Highway 106 and 135 Sunday. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Department of Highways.

Provincial fire crews in northern Saskatchewan continue to battle fires even as many evacuees return home.

Last month, over 2,500 people were evacuated from their homes in Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay due to wildfires. On Thursday, many of those residents began the journey home.

Emergency social services says several buses have already left Saskatoon and Prince Albert full of evacuees returning home. Others are returning home in their own private vehicles.

Deanna Valentine, coordinator for ESS, says these buses will continue running until everyone is allowed to return home. Valentine says around half of those evacuated will be able to return home. However, people with health risks, pregnant woman and children under two are remaining evacuated.

Highway 106 is closed to regular traffic, but the buses and others returning will join guided convoys to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay.

Meanwhile, some fires continue to threaten other smaller communities as Birch Portage, Tryell Lake and Jan Lake remain on evacuation.

Duane McKay, commissioner for emergency management, says the cooler temperatures in the past few days has helped their efforts. However, he says this will bring more dense smoke to the area.

McKay says they have set up air purification systems at some of the buildings to give residents some reprieve from the smoke.

"The firefighting efforts are not nearly over, but we are seeing strong progress," he said.

Students from Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay are scheduled to return to school on Monday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:59
 
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