SASKATOON – Members of The Saskatoon Fire Department have been sent to northern Saskatchewan as wildfires encroach on La Ronge. The province issued a general evacuation of the community Saturday, sending residents to Cold Lake, Alta.
Officials said they were expecting over 5,000 evacuees to leave La Ronge.
In addition to the seven firefighters, a fire engine and water truck also made the trip. The crew and equipment arrived by 4 a.m. Sunday.
The province’s emergency management and fire safety agency made the request Saturday for additional logistical support citing the need to protect structures within La Ronge’s industrial area.
The Saskatoon Fire Department says it may send more staff, but is ensuring complete coverage of personnel and equipment within the city.
Currently, there are approximately 350 guests at Saskatoon’s Hank Ruys Soccer Centre. The city says the SaskTel Soccer Centre can host additional evacuees of the northern wildfires if the need arises.