June 30, 2008

Second Saskatchewan Community Evacuates Some Residents Due to Forest Fire


SANDY BAY, Sask. - About 200 people are being removed from a second Saskatchewan community because of health concerns over smoke from a forest fire.

Judy Orthner with Saskatchewan public safety says the mayor of Sandy Bay, near the Manitoba boundary, has asked that elderly and sick residents be flown out for health reasons.

They'll go to Flin Flon, Man., and then on to Saskatoon.

Crews are still battling a separate blaze near a remote northern Saskatchewan community that was evacuated over the weekend.

More than 200 people were flown out of Stony Rapids and Stony Lake, just south of the Northwest Territories, and are being housed at a college in Prince Albert.

Val Nicholson, with Saskatchewan's ministry of environment, says the fire is about three and a half kilometres away from the community, and crews are trying to keep it from advancing in very dry conditions.