Fort à la Corne Wildfire Breaches Forest Boundaries: Livestock Evacuated

Update May 17th 2020 – 3:20 PM

Saskatchewan Wildfire Management data show the 20PA-ENGLISH wildfire is estimated to be at 28,847 hectares (71,282 acres/111 square miles)

Update May 17th 2020, 1:20 PM

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency crews continue to work on the English Fire. Unfavorable wind conditions have created some challenges today. People are being asked to avoid the area.” Christopher Clemett, Director, Communications for Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency stated in an emailed update to Nipawin News, “SPSA Emergency Services Officers have made contact with the RM of Torch River, the RM of Garden River, the James Smith Cree Nation and the community of Smeaton to advise them of changing fire and smoke conditions. The region has an emergency management office that is working with the SPSA to monitor conditions and keep residents of the area informed. A SaskAlert was issued for the area advising of smoke conditions. None of the communities in the area have asked for further assistance at this time or require or evacuation support.”

Clemett says the 20PA-ENGLISH fire is now approximately 15,000 hectares (37,065 acres/58 square miles) in size.

Crews continue to battle strong winds, that have changed directions a few times since the fire started on May 8th, 2020.

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