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Katepwa questioning province on response to landfill fire

Firefighters have managed to snuff out a stubborn landfill blaze that had burned for more than five months northeast of Regina. File / Global News

REGINA – A Saskatchewan community is questioning the provincial government’s response to a stubborn landfill fire that took months to put out.

The fire near Katepwa broke out last October and was finally declared extinguished last week.

Mayor Fred Weekley says local officials never got a hard answer from the province on how to snuff out the blaze and they’re now looking at a firefighting bill of at least 250-thousand dollars.

The Opposition N-D-P has raised the issue in the legislature, but Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says the government is proud of its record on environmental concerns.

Weekley says local officials don’t have the money to cover the bill and he hopes to meet with Cheveldayoff later this month to talk about compensation.

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