UPDATE: Thursday May 4, 12:24 PM

Fire crews from Prince Albert and North Battleford are assisting the Moosomin First Nation in extinguishing a wildfire that was threatening that community.

Firefighters have for three days, attempted to gain control of the blaze. Cecil Kahpeaysewat said approximately one-quarter of reserve land, which is mainly brush, has burned.

He said no residential homes have been destroyed and no evacuation order issued.

Kahpeaysewat said he is hopeful to have the fire put out or under control this evening. High winds are pushing flames to the neighbouring Saulteaux First Nation, as crews begin to focus on that area.

Wednesday May 3, 5:18PM

First Nations leaders in the Battlefords said urgent help is needed to suppress a wildfire, they claim is threatening the Moosomin First Nation.

The Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs said as of 5 PM Wednesday the fire has burned approximately 7000 acres.

Weather conditions are expected to be hot, dry and windy. The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency said the fire is not contained.

“We are urging residents to be vigilant and remain alert to any changes in the fire’s behavior. An evacuation plan is in place should there be a need to evacuate the resident’s of Moosomin. We encourage people to be prepared and have their medications and clothing ready in-case of an evacuation,” said a statement from the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs. 

If you wish to help, please contact Steve Vandall at 306-980-5573.

(Photo of a forest fire.)