Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan evacuation order lifted
STANLEY MISSION, Sask. – An evacuation order for a northern Saskatchewan community has been lifted but officials are asking some of the evacuated people from Stanley Mission to stay away.
Around 900 people were evacuated from the community over the weekend after a forest fire threatened to cut off the only access road to the area.
The Lac La Ronge Indian Band says the blaze no longer poses a threat to Stanley Mission, but officials are urging elders, children under two years, those with respiratory problems and pregnant women to stay away due to lingering smoke.
They can start returning home as early as this morning, while an air-quality assessment will be done later in the day.
The fire started last Wednesday and was fuelled by a band of hot, dry weather and shifting winds.
Crews carried out backburns on Sunday and Monday on sections of the forest ahead of the fire to stop it moving towards the community.
As of Monday, the fire had consumed over 4,900 hectares.
With files from The Canadian Press