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‘We’re in need of help!’ Elder pleads for La Ronge fire evacuees

The Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta, where evacuees from northern Saskatchewan forest fires are being housed.

The Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta, where evacuees from northern Saskatchewan forest fires are being housed.

by Brandi Morin, APTN National News, July 8, 2015
COLD LAKE ALTA –Evacuees fleeing the fires in and around La Ronge, Sask say the Red Cross is struggling to keep up with their most basic needs.

More than 1,000 people, many First Nation peoples have been arriving by bus to the city of Cold Lake over the last two days. At the moment, they’re being housed at the local recreation facility.

Many of the elders say that along with the stress of suddenly leaving their homes, some are experiencing a culture shock. Read the rest of this entry

Saskatchewan forest fires force 13,000 from homes

Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo

Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo

Biggest exodus of its kind ever in Saskatchewan, Red Cross says

CBC News, July 06, 2015

More than 13,000 people have been forced from their homes due to northern Saskatchewan forest fires, in what is being called the biggest-ever wildfire evacuation in the province.

There are 112 fires burning in the province Monday, the Saskatchewan Environment Ministry says.

On the weekend, as forest fires crept closer to inhabited areas, a general evacuation for the La Ronge area was ordered.

That affects close to 8,000 people and is in addition to the more than 5,000 who were taken to emergency shelters in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and other centres earlier last week. Read the rest of this entry