Researchers Revisiting Impact Of Mallard Fire

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 14:33



A research team from the University of Lethbridge will be in La Ronge tonight speaking about the 1999 Mallard fire.


The group will be asking community members to contribute from their experiences during the fire, which led to mass evacuations.


Lead researcher Judith Kulig says that an increase of wildfires in Canada in recent years has prompted her team to study the effect the devastation has on a community, and to find out how communities react in the face of a natural disaster.


Kulig says there’s a need to discover the most appropriate ways to deal with disasters at the time they happen, and also how to more effectively deal with the recovery of affected communities.


La Ronge is one of two communities from across the country that have been chosen for this research project — Barriere Lake, B.C. has also been selected.


The first session takes place tonight at the JRMCC hall starting at 6:30 — while the second is being held on Thursday at the La Ronge Health Centre, beginning at 3:00 p.m.