Sandy Bay. Photo courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan.
There is a little bit of good news as firefighters battle three large wildfires in the Pelican Narrows region.
There is a 60 per cent chance of showers today, cooler temperatures for tomorrow and a 60 per cent chance of showers on Sunday.
The fires have forced the evacuation of Pelican Narrows. About half the communities’ 3,500 residents began leaving on Tuesday.
Last night, a state of emergency was declared in Sandy Bay, which is about 60 kilometres to the north. About 70 vulnerable residents, including the very young and those with compromised health, were bused out to hotels in Prince Albert and arrived early this morning.
The biggest fire burning in the area is the Granite Fire, southwest of Pelican Narrows. It is now more than 500 square kilometres in size.
The Preston Fire, north of Pelican Narrows, is also still burning out of control and has come within three kilometres of Pelican Narrows. Government officials say no structures in Pelican Narrows are being threatened by the flames.