Over 1,100 People Evacuated by Forest Fire in Sask.
Over 1,100 people in Saskatchewan have been or are in the process of being evacuated after a fast-moving forest fire blew towards yet another small Northern community.
At least 200 residents were evacuated from their homes on Sunday, with another thousand or more expected to leave today.
The fire is being fed by gusty winds and extremely dry weather, and is now threatening the highway to Sandy Bay, which was already evacuated Monday due to smoke.
Fire officials in Saskatchewan have now either evacuated or are planning to evacuate over 1100 residents due to forest fires.
Around 170 residents will leave their homes in Black Lake due to smoke from the same fire threatening Stony Rapids near the province's northern boundary.
More than 200 people have been evacuated after a fast-moving forest fire threatened their homes in western Canada's Saskatchewan province, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Monday.
The fire was less than three kilometers from two remote communities in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, forcing most of the elderly and sick residents to flee, RCMP Sgt. Carole Raymond said.
More than 700 residents are being evacuated from forest fire ravaged areas in the province on Tuesday.
Evacuations started on Sunday and have continued as the fires burn close to communities.
The people being evacuated today will bring the total up to 1,145 residents evacuated due to two different forest fires.
A fast-moving forest fire, fuelled by gusty winds and dry weather, continues to blaze mere kilometres away from a northern Saskatchewan community.
The fire has already forced about 200 people from their homes in Stony Rapids, Sask., a town south of the boundary with the Northwest Territories.
More than 200 people, mostly senior citizens and residents with health problems, were airlifted Sunday night from Stony Rapids and the nearby community of Stony Lake to Prince Albert, about 800 kilometres south.