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2015
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Over the past week it has been impossible to ignore the thick, often overpowering smoke in the air throughout Saskatchewan. The wildfires in the northern part of our province continue to burn, and it is estimated that approximately 5,000 people have been displaced as a result.

Earlier today, SARCAN Administrative Assistant Twyla Harris delivered donations from SARCAN to the Salvation Army at the soccer centre in Saskatoon. Items donated included camping chairs, coolers, frisbees, mini-footballs and other toys for kids.

At SARCAN, we are particularly concerned for our nine employees at our northernmost depot in La Ronge, who have been directly affected in numerous ways. Currently, the La Ronge SARCAN depot is closed until further notice.

Two fires are burning close to our La Ronge depot. The fires are very close; one is 14km east and the other only 12km north. Depot Supervisor, Cecil LaFaver, is on notice that they will be issuing an evacuation notice for La Ronge if either fire comes within 10km of the town. 

Cecil has been busy checking on the depot and providing assistance to staff if needed. As the majority of the staff do not drive, he has been either giving them a ride to pick up essential items or dropping them off to keep them from walking to town in the smoke. 

 

Unfortunately, one of our La Ronge employees had to be treated at the hospital last night for breathing issues. The majority of our La Ronge depot staff are men with families, and their wives and children evacuated earlier this week to Prince Albert and North Battleford. 

Highway 2 is once again closed today due to a fire burning nearby, so the only evacuation route open involves taking some grid roads through areas affected by the fires. Currently those attempting to evacuate are required to meet at the evacuation area and are being led out by military vehicles. 

We are aware of SARCAN staff members in Prince Albert who have also lost family homes to the fires. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.

Below are photos provided by Cecil. We want to thank Cecil for all he has done and continues to do for his employees during this difficult time!

If you wish to help the victims of the Saskatchewan wildfires, please contact The Canadian Red Cross, or The Salvation Army. Visit this link for more details: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/salvation-army-collecting-donations-for-saskatchewan-forest-fire-evacuees-1.3137510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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