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Fire threatening Stanley Mission contained, second fire continues to grow

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STANLEY MISSION, Sask. - Officials with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and province continue to monitor the forest fire situation in Stanley Mission in northern Saskatchewan.

More than 200 people were evacuated when two fires came dangerously close to local buildings.

Duane McKay, Saskatchewan’s Commissioner of Emergency Management and Fire Safety, says the wildfires were battled both from air and ground.

He says the closest fire, called the Lagoon fire, has been knocked down and contained.

A second fire, just north of Pelican Narrows, has grown to five square kilometres.

McKay says smoke in the area has been a concern and a number of agencies have been involved in the evacuation effort.

“Provincial Red Cross is up there, rapid response teams from the province are there and we are coordinating with all of the provincial authorities to make sure that the band has all of the support that they require," he says, adding that conditions are very dry across the north.

Val Nicholson, an official with the Prince Albert Fire Centre, says with the warm and dry weather the number of reported fires continues to grow.

“There are 12 fires burning in the province today, seven that aren’t contained, which is about the same as yesterday,” she says. “We’ve had 115 fires to date this year but 62 have been in the last seven days so as the temperature comes up we can see that things do dry out and people really should be cautious.”

(CJLR)

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