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Precautionary evacuation at northern Saskatchewan mine due to wildfire

Production at Cigar Lake uranium mine has been temporarily suspended while a northern Saskatchewan wildfire that is currently burning in the vicinity of the operation. Graham Construction / Supplied

A Saskatoon-based uranium company says it’s evacuating all non-essential personnel from the Cigar Lake mine in northern Saskatchewan as a precaution due to the proximity of a wildfire in the vicinity of the operation.

Cameco said roughly 230 workers are being transported off-site while around 80 essential personnel will remain on-site to maintain the facility in a safe state.

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Production at Cigar Lake has been temporarily suspended, the company said Thursday.

“Should the wildfire threat grow considerably at site, a plan is in place to ensure their safety,” read a statement.

“Cameco is working closely with provincial wildfire management personnel from the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, who are on-site assessing the situation on an ongoing basis. The decision to evacuate the operation was made in conjunction with these officials.”

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The company said the situation is complicated by extremely warm and dry weather, resulting from a heat dome that has settled over Western Canada in recent days, along with variable wind and smoke conditions.

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