Fires north of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan are threatening farms and cultivated land
Harold Fisher wants to know if he has a home to go back.
Fisher had to evacuate his farm on Monday night due to the fire raging north of Prince Albert in Saskatoon, about 135 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon.
Fisher said: “When I left last night, the sky was red. In the east and south where I was, the whole sky was red.” The forest along Cloverdale Road.
He said: “I think I will tell the story of the fire today, but it will take some time to determine the fire.”
For Prince Albert and the rural municipalities of Buckland, the state of emergency is still in effect. Hundreds of people are on standby in case they also need to evacuate the house.
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The time now known as the “Cloverdale Fire” starts at 2:30 PM CST on Monday.
Steve Roberts, vice president of operations at the Saskatchewan Department of Public Safety, said that by night, it had expanded to more than 4 square kilometers, and this morning it had covered 3694 hectares of land.
He said the fire was not contained. The crew will face temperatures close to 30 degrees Celsius and wind gusts of up to 40 km/h.
Roberts said that the smoke drifted into Prince Albert last night, and residents should expect more tonight.
He said: “The main thing has been cleared today, but it will start to grow again this afternoon, because the fuel accumulation in the fire boundary becomes hot throughout the day.”
Roberts said that the weather forecast said the temperature will drop in the next few days, which will help the crew control the fire.
SaskPower spokesperson Joel Cherry (Joel Cherry) said that about 9,000 customers were out of power, stretching from north of Prince Albert to La Lange.
Cherry said that at least until today, if the crew work hard to repair the power lines damaged by the fire, the power will disappear within at least a day.
Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne (Greg Dionne) said Tuesday morning that the fire had crossed Highway 55. He said the bulldozer is trying to create an obstacle to save a piece of wood nearby, even though several stacks of wood have been lost.
He said: “We have a lot of houses over there with a large area. In addition, we have large commercial greenhouses.”
He said that the local pulp mill has been temporarily preserved.
Anti-drip agent for bomber
Arnie Stefaniuk owns a piece of land on O’Grady Lane. The development is located south of Highway 55 between the pulp mill and the airport.
Stefaniuk said that at around 4:30 pm on Monday and Monday, the fires were moving in their direction from the other side of Highway 55.
He said: “There were bombers, but they were actually fire-retardant bomb bombers flying over the house. They dropped fire-retardant on the north side of the highway.”
Stefaniuk said there were several grass fires and fire trucks rushed to extinguish them.
“If it were not for those flame-retardant aircraft, then we would definitely lose the entire market segment yesterday.” He said.
His wife left the land at 10:30 pm on Monday night, but Stefaniuk stayed and parked in an open place in case he had to leave immediately. He left around 8 in the morning to go to a farm further north.
Dione said the fire has now moved to the rural areas of the Garden River and is moving northeast.
For Fisher, this is not good news, because it means that the fire is spreading toward his property.
Fisher noticed the smoke yesterday afternoon and immediately called 911. He said the fire blew up quickly and moved very fast under dry, hot and windy conditions.
He said: “I can actually look at the fields and see the fire because the flames were shooting above the treetops at that time.” “You will see that the new fire starts before the fire. The smoke is rising, towering in Clouds, I imagine embers flying in front of the flames.”
Fisher hopes to return to his farm, where there is a greenhouse. The power is exhausted, so he needs to move the plants outside, otherwise he might throw them all away.
Dione said the situation is still tense, but so far, no one has lost their lives or lost their houses.
He said: “We are still not out of the predicament.”
Dione said that a resident told him that there was a flame near their home.
He said: “A water bomber came and ended with this. So he is very happy that his house is still there.”
‘A Tinder Box Waiting for Lightning’
Dione said that this is a very dry spring, and Nisbet Forest is in danger of fire.
He said: “For many years, we have known that it is dry. It is just a tinder box waiting to rise.” “Unfortunately, that is today.”
Fisher said that in the place west of the fire world yesterday, there were a lot of small mistletoe and very old jack pine trees, which could easily rise in the flames.
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5:36People in a house near a wildfire in the Prince Albert area talk about the rapid rise of the fire
Dione said that this is still a turbulent situation.
“When our temperature reaches 33 degrees Celsius, lightning will appear at night. So this is just a kind of fire waiting for the lightning to come, so we are very worried.”
Several fire departments are catching fire. The province also dispatched three water bombers, a helicopter, reconnaissance aircraft and more firefighters.
The cause of the fire is unclear.
As the northern wildfires continue, some communities are experiencing power outages.
The Montreal Creek Country Rural Area, 103 kilometers north of Prince Albert, currently has no electricity, so there is no access to natural gas, water and fresh food.
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Diana Bird, a member of the Montreal Creek National Urban Service Committee, said there was a power outage at 3pm local time on Monday. It was 31 degrees Celsius at the time.
She said: “This epidemic and the current emergency have placed a heavy burden on the indigenous people who cannot access water and food security.” “This is very, very worrying.”
Bird said that many grocery stores in the northern reserve were affected by the suspension and closed as a result.
“People who have no right of way are calling us and they want water and food. Older people, especially vulnerable groups, can’t just go out to fetch water. They don’t have running water now. They are trapped. They are in their houses.”
Bird said that the municipal service committee hopes to work with the Montreal Lake Band to raise funds and distribute food and water packs to the elderly.
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At Ron Air, about 235 kilometers north of Prince Albert, cars line up all day to get gasoline. Local resident Tom Roberts (Tom Roberts) said that these pumps are currently running on generators.
The RCMP has been introduced to manage large numbers of personnel.
The co-op in Air Ronge said on Facebook that it will be closed at 8pm tonight at the request of the RCMP
Co-op said in a statement: “It turns out that the lineup is difficult to manage and only becomes more complicated after dark.”
The business assures the public that the generator is full of fuel in the next 10 days, and the full-load fuel is scheduled to arrive at noon on Wednesday.
The cooperative said it will reopen at 6 am on Wednesday and close at 10 pm
SaskPower cannot repair the affected area
The fire prevented SaskPower staff from entering the affected area to start repairs.
SaskPower said in a statement on Tuesday that it is using all available resources, including contract workers and equipment.
SaskPower said that once the fire commissioner allows access to the affected area, it will immediately begin “round the clock” repair work.
For most affected customers, the estimated repair time is up to three days, and the working time will depend on how many structures have been damaged and the condition of the wires.
The utility company said: “At present, SaskPower knows that 15 structures need to be replaced. Since the fire has not been contained, it is likely to damage more buildings.”
At the same time, the Saskatchewan Royal Mounted Police said that the two-way Highway 55 from Mees Park to Prince Albert has been closed.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned the public to avoid all major grid highways between Highway 55 and Highway 355 because they have been closed and used by emergency agencies to transport equipment and water for wildfire fighting.
According to the police, the road blockade will last at least until Wednesday night.