Large-Scale Evacuation Ordered When Grass Fire Strikes Saskatchewan Community

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Large-Scale Evacuation Ordered When Grass Fire Strikes Saskatchewan Community


Gray, Britton, Cjme, The Canadian Press


Cottages evacuated when grass fire strikes

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SILTON, Sask. - A grass fire that stretched for eight kilometres has destroyed three homes in a lakeside resort north of Regina.

Fire departments from six communities responded when the alarm sounded on Monday afternoon in Kannata Valley on Last Mountain Lake.

There were no injuries, but homes and cottages in the area were evacuated.

The blaze scorched its way between the communities of Silton and Valeport

Steve Wallace, the chief of Silton's volunteer fire department, says many residents hauled water and worked alongside crews to battle the fire.

The situation was under control by around 9:30 p.m., but crews continued to watch for hot spots.

Luke Lawrence was among those who were told to flee their cottages.

"It was unbelievable. We smelled smoke coming in, and we didn't make anything of it at first," he told Regina radio station CJME. "We walked outside and people were scrambling, saying, 'Get out. Get out.'"

Linda Schaeffer, who has lived in the area for 11 years, said residents saw sparks coming from the wheel of a train. …

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