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Wildfire evacuees in Prince Albert, Sask., asked to relocate to Saskatoon – CP

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 2017112 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 12, 2017 

SASKATOON _ An influx of evacuees in Prince Albert, Sask., has prompted the province to ask wildfire evacuees to relocate to Saskatoon.

There are more than 1,700 people from the Pelican Narrows area staying in Prince Albert, while there are approximately 800 evacuees in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan’s Emergency Social Services says the increased amount of people in Prince Albert has taken a toll on the city.

Provincial coordinator Deanna Valentine says it puts stresses on the health system and on hotels which have to increase everything from laundry to meals.

The province says two wildfires in northern Saskatchewan continue to burn.

The largest fire is more than 1,000 square kilometres _ about six times the size of Regina.

There are hundreds of firefighters working to put out the flames using 21 helicopters and 15 pieces of heavy equipment, according to Saskatchewan Wildfire Management.

Peter Beatty, chief of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, will decide when the evacuees will be able to go home.

(CTV Saskatoon)




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