LA RONGE, Sask. – A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan evacuated 101 people Saturday due to smoke from forest fires. According to Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson on social media, those with health concerns were taken to Prince Albert as a precaution.
Evacuees are from the communities of Clam Lake Bridge and Sikichew Lake. Staff from the ministries of government relations and social services are coordinating with evacuation efforts.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says approximately 25 forest fires started in the La Ronge area Saturday due to lightning strikes.
The Lac La Ronge Indian Band declared a local emergency as a result of the fires.
As of Sunday morning, Cook-Searson says there is no immediate threat to the communities of Hall Lake, Sucker River or La Ronge.
Fire crews are currently on scene assessing the situation and providing immediate support where needed.