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Canada Wildfires Force the Evacuation of 8,000 More People

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Flames from a forest fire approach the airport outside the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan. (Prince Albert Fire Department via Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 12:15 PM

Canada wildfires raging across the Western province of Saskatchewan caused officials to evacuate 8,000 more people on Sunday in addition to the 5,000 residents who fled last week.

As of Saturday, 114 active fires were ravaging the province to add to the total number of 569 wildfires that Saskatchewan has suffered this season, Reuters reported. Last season, the province faced 193 fires.

The massive evacuation spurred the provincial government to call in the military for assistance, according to CBC News.

“The prime minister was very accommodating and willing to make sure that, upon official request, the resources are there,” said Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, according to CBC. “There might be some other need for Canadian Forces personnel, especially to help with what are significant logistical demands as result of a very large general evacuation.”

The areas most affected by the wildfire evacuations include La Ronge, Air Ronge, and the LacLa Ronge Indian Band, according to CBC. The evacuees have been relocated to shelters in North Battlefield, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, amongst other places.

“This evacuation has been triggered by a number of wildfires in the area, which are blowing smoke and particulate matter into and around the communities,” said a statement from the provincial fire commissioner, according to CBC.

The record-breaking heatwave that baked the Pacific Northwest and western Canada has contributed heavily to the wildfires blazing across Saskatchewan and several of the states, according to Mashable. The heatwave has brought extreme temperatures that are notable for their severity, extent, and duration as the soil dries up, making the regions vulnerable to fast-spreading blazes.

“This is absolutely the biggest evacuation we've experienced in Saskatchewan," said Red Cross spokeswoman Cindy Fuchs, according to CBC.

More than 1,500 personnel devoted to wildfire suppression and evacuation efforts are expected to aid Saskatchewan this week when the soldiers arrive in the La Ronge region, according to Mashable.

 


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