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Saskatchewan battles forest fires

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

July 15, 2010 — Hundreds of residents in northern Saskatchewan have been forced from their homes as forest fires pose a risk.

Satellite imagery of the forest fires
Satellite imagery of the forest fires

The contrast in conditions is like night and day. While southern Saskatchewan has been dealing with torrential rains and flooding, areas in the north continue to feel the heat.

“This year has been extremely warm and dry with very little precipitation in the far north of Saskatchewan,” says Steve Roberts with the Prince Albert Fire Management.

And as a result forest fires have ignited. Roberts says a fire is currently posing a risk to the communities of Black Lake and Stony Rapids. Over 300 people have been forced from their homes.

“Because it's going to produce a fair bit of smoke and with shifting wind directions, they asked that the high-risk medical folks be evacuated,” explains Roberts.

Fire crews are looking to the skies for help and are hoping for a break in the weather that will allow them to make some head-way over the next couple of days.

You can keep track of the fire risk in your area by checking out our Forest Fire Watch section of the website.

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