Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildfire Forces People from Homes on Reserve in West-Central Saskatchewan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildfire Forces People from Homes on Reserve in West-Central Saskatchewan

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Wildfire forces people from homes in west Saskatchewan

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MEADOW LAKE, Sask. - A wildfire has forced people from their homes in a west-central Saskatchewan community.

Residents of the the Waterhen Lake First Nation have been asked to evacuate due to an out of control fire burning nearby.

The province says 54 people are staying in Meadow Lake and 122 evacuees are staying in Saskatoon's Henk Ruys Soccer Centre, which the Red Cross has transformed into a shelter.

The fire is burning west of the community in Meadow Lake Provincial Park about 300 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

Fire crews backed by waterbombers have been fighting the blaze, but shifting winds and dry conditions are making it difficult.

Scott Wasylenchuk, the province's director of wildfire operations, says the fire continues to grow. …

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