It’s not that any of the 3 fires affecting northeast Saskatchewan are record-breaking in size, the challenge is that there are 3 of them in close proximity.
Steve Roberts, executive director of Wildfire Management, says the fires have been active which has led to some fire growth, and although it poses challenges, there is no increased threat to the communities of Pelican Narrows, Birch Portage, Jan Lake and Sandy Bay.
Roberts says along with the manpower and equipment being used to keep the fires away from structures, highways and power and phone lines, they are working with weather forecasters for predicting wind shifts so they can adjust their operations to react to that as quickly as possible.
There is no significant rain in sight, so evacuees will stay put until it is safe.
Duane McKay, commissioner of Emergency Management and Fire Safety emphasizes that the fires don’t have to be out for residents to come back but the communities need to be safe from fire and from heavy smoke.
RCMP officers have been keeping the communities secure and have been helping out by delivering food to pets in the area.
Deanna Valentine with Emergency Social Services thank the people of Saskatoon and Prince Albert for being welcoming and supportive with neighbours dropping by to help out at the evacuation centre.
The City has also offered free use of Saskatoon Transit for evacuees by showing their wristbands.
There are just over 27-hundred evacuees registered, staying in Saskatoon at the Henk Reyes Soccer Centre or in hotels in Saskatoon and Prince Albert or elsewhere with friends and family.