NEWS
07/04/2015 02:35 EDT | Updated 07/04/2016 01:12 EDT

Forest fires overtake Saskatchewan First Nation; unknown number of buildings burn

MONTREAL LAKE, Sask. - The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation says wildfires have burned at least two homes to the ground.Edward Henderson of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation says the fire was 200 metres away from him Friday night before he and 20 volunteers, including firefighters, decided to quickly leave the community.He says a lack of water and gusty winds pushed the fire into the community.Henderson says water bombers were dropping as much water as they could and crews were trying their best, but the flames kept getting closer.He says firefighters had to pull back after a power outage hindered access to water.Henderson says he and others will go back to the community Saturday to assess the damage if it's safe enough.