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Wildfire threat drives more than 1,000 evacuees from La Ronge to Alta.

07/05/2015 12:22 EDT | Updated 07/05/2016 05:59 EDT
As of early Sunday morning, more than 1,000 displaced evacuees from the La Ronge-area had been bused out to Cold Lake, Alta., as wildfires continued to burn dangerously close to their homes, reported Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson. 

In a 1:00 a.m. MT Facebook post, Cook-Searson noted 23 buses had left the area, carrying 1,078 residents.

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The mass movement stemmed from an area evacuation order put out jointly by the Saskatchewan government and the Indian Band midday on Saturday due to encroaching wildfires in the province's north.

There will be an estimated 7,900 affected residents leaving the area, which is approximately 430 kilometres north of Saskatoon. That number is in addition to the already 5,500-plus evacuees receiving support from the province's Ministry of Social Services.

By midmorning on Sunday, the city of Saskatoon announced it had sent seven firefighters, one fire engine and one water truck to help fight blazes in the town of La Ronge.  

"The request for additional logistical support and the need to protect structures within the community's industrial area came from the province's Emergency Management and Fire Safety on Saturday, July 4," said a statement from the city. 

The Saskatoon Fire Department may send more staff on a rotational basis, as long it has enough coverage within Saskatoon. The city is also offering two more water trucks if required. 

The Saskatchewan government is holding an 11:00 a.m. media conference call where it wll provide further updates about the fallout from the province's searing fires. 

Late Saturday night, the mayor of La Ronge reported sprinkler units were set up in the north end of the town.

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