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UPDATED - Provincial Leaders Head North To Assess Wildfire Situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 10:27

UPDATE - Statement from La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki
La Ronge Fire Situation Update (10:30 am, Tuesday, June 30)
-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region but no major changes thus far.
-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.
-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.
-Highway restrictions by convoy are in place for Highway 102 north and Highway 2 south. Highway 165 East is open as well.
-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. The smoke is hampering fire spread and smoke is expected to remain today. Low relative winds are also expected.
-A cut line is being put in around the communities to provide opportunities for back burning if he need arises.
-A new fire map with fire boundaries should be available today. Will update when made available.



Political leaders from Saskatchewan are visiting the north today to assess the wildifre situation.

NDP Leader Cam Broten is in La Ronge today and Premier Brad Wall was is expected to fly in to Prince Albert and La Ronge.

Firefighters are holding their own, but are not making progress in their efforts to contain forest fires that are threatening a number of communities.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued by Northern Municipal Services for the Subdivision of Lamp Lake.

Officials say both the Egg and Eli wildfires are moving towards the community.

And just last evening, the chief of the LLRIB, Tammy Cook-Searson said that due to the heavy smoke, vulnerable people were being moved south from Little Red River Reserve.

Highway 2, Highway 102 and Highway 969, the Molanosa Road continue to be closed because of fires.

Highways personnel have been escorting vehicles south on Highway 2 and 102 as conditions allow.

Other closures according to the Highways Hotline are Highway 916, Highway 165 west of the 910 Junction, to Beauval.

And Highway 955 from La Loche North is closed due to forest fires.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:28
 
UPDATED - Fires Continue To Disrupt Communities In The North PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:30

UPDATE (5:19 pm, Monday, June 29): Statement from La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki:
La Ronge Fire Situation Update

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region but no major changes today.
-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.
-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.
-Highway restrictions by convoy are in place for Highway 102 north and Highway 2 south. Highway 165 West (Pinehouse Road) is now CLOSED.
-The Egg fire is about 12km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring this fire. More detailed assessment of the fire will be provided tomorrow morning. No aircraft for mapping could get a good picture due to smoke.
-Additional fire trucks have been bought in from the Province of Saskatchewan to complement our Fire Department if needed. Ontario crews have also arrived to assist Wildfire Management.
-Active fire activity is making conditions serious in the region. Please exercise caution and be prepared.

 

UPDATE - (5:05 pm, Monday, June 29): Statement from LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson:
Highway 2 convoy is open again, but could close with little or not notice.

 

UPDATE - (4:19 pm, Monday, June 29): Statement from LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson:
Based on the information provided by Wildfire Management:

"Eli Fire" (20 km north of La Ronge), Fire is 680 Hectares.  Not yet contained. "Eli Fire" crossed the road at Km 21 yesterday between Don Allen Ski Trails and Wadin Bay. Ëli Fire has intensified this afternoon but has not moved significantly.

"Brian Fire," (Dickens Lake km 100), Fire has not been mapped today due to smoke. Not yet contained. "Brian Fire," crossed the road yesterday and moving south on the highway toward Grandmother's Bay, it is approximately 8 kms away from Grandmother's Bay.

"Clark Fire," (29 km northwest of La Ronge), Fire has not been mapped today due to smoke.  Not yet contained.  "Clark Fire," has moved significantly on the north end of Nemeiben Lake.

"Egg Fire," (12 km West of La Ronge), Ëgg Fire is currently holding.  A small finger of the fire moved toward Hives Lake but stopped short of the Lake. Egg Fire Not an immanent threat to the community of La Ronge, we are monitoring closely with wild fire management.

"Sucker Fire," (22km northwest of La Ronge, Nemeiben Lake), 2250 hectares.  Fire is contained.

"Sulfur Fire," (2.2 km from Highway 915, approximately 11.5 km from Stanley Mission jct.) Fire is contained.

"Bear Fire," (48 km northwest of La Ronge), 5000 Hectares

"Bob Fire,"(40 km north of La Ronge), 7500 hectares. Not yet contained.

 

UPDATE - (3:58 pm, Monday, June 29): Statement from Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson:
Highway 2 convoy just shut down until further notice.

 

UPDATE - (2:33 pm, Monday, June 29):
A mandatory evacuation order has just been issued by Northern Municipal Services for the Subdivision of Lamp Lake because of a "very serious fire risk to the community".  Both the Egg and Eli wildfires are moving towards the community.  According to the provincial government, "extreme safety threats exist from the oncoming wildfires".  Evacuees are asked to register at the JRMCC.

 

A bad situation is getting even worse in the province's north as wildfires consume hundreds of acres of forest and push people from their homes.

Officials provided the latest during a media briefing this morning.

There is no immediate threat to the town of La Ronge, but travel is not recommended in the area. General evacuations are under way for the communities of Grandmother’s Bay, Montreal Lake, Wadin Bay, Sucker River, English Bay, Nemeiben and Weyakwin.

A recommended evacuation has been issued for La Loche because of heavy smoke. The fires are also causing road closures.

The executive director of wildfire management, Steve Roberts, says hot dry weather conditions are making it difficult to get a handle on the fires.

Right now there are 116 fires in the province, 52 of them are bigger than one square kilometer.

One of the biggest fires is about 25 kilometers northwest of La Ronge.

It is about 7 square kilometers.

Roberts says fires have burned their way right up to three communities, but no structures have been lost.

Evacuation centres have been set up in both Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

As of this morning, 1,744 people have been forced from their homes.

Deanna Wysosky with the Ministry of Social Services expects more evacuees in the coming days.

So far this year there have been 510 wildfires, more than double last year’s total at this time.

Most are being started by lightning strikes.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 17:38
 
Some Services Cancelled in La Ronge Due To Fire Situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:18

Canada Post has stopped shipping mail to and from the La Ronge post office until further notice becasue of the northbound closure of Highway 2.

A spokesperson says they will continue to re-examine the situation daily and let people know as soon as they can pick up or send mail.

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company has also temporarily suspended bus service in between Prince Albert and La Ronge.

S-T-C says it will also re-examine the situation after the highway re-opens, but they may continue to suspend their service until the smoke clears up.

SaskPower meanwhile has had its own struggles dealing with the fires in the north.

Fires caused a power outage in the Stanley Mission, Missinipe and the Grandmother’s Bay areas last night, but power was restored to the area this morning.

SaskPower did have plans for a planned outage for further maintenance in the area tomorrow morning, but that has been cancelled because of the fires.

Spokesperson Jonathan Tremblay says they will continue to work to restore power to any line or substation that goes down, but safety is their biggest concern.

Tremblay says as of now there is no immediate threat to any line or substation, but they will continue to monitor the situation.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 13:23
 
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