Forest Fire Threatening Key Lake Mine

Monday, July 05, 2004 at 13:20



Fire crews are keeping a close eye on a forest fire that is very close to the Key Lake mine.


At last word, firefighters were backburning a blaze that was about half a kilometre away from the Key Lake airport.


The fire is 2 kilometres north of the minesite, itself.


Sprinklers have been set up at the minesite’s sleeping quarters, as well as some nearby cabins.


Fire coordinator John DeBruin says the airport is not in immediate danger, and flights to and from the mine are continuing.


Meanwhile, it appears the wind is cooperating with a forest fire that’s near the Geikie River Campground, 60 kilometres southwest of Wollaston Lake.


The 1,000-hectare blaze is burning 12 kilometres west of Highway 905.


DeBruin says travellers are still being urged to exercise caution because of drifting smoke and poor visibility.


SaskTel and SaskPower both have towers in the area, but they aren’t in any immediate danger.