200 evacuated from Fond-du-Lac
Forest fire rages nearby
Two-hundred people have been moved out of the northern Saskatchewan community of Fond-du-Lac because of concerns over smoke inhalation from a nearby forest fire.
The fire, which stretches across more than 50 square kilometres, is burning on the opposite side of Athabasca Lake from the town of about 1,000 people.
Heavy smoke blanketing the area led officials to airlift people considered high risk — young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with health problems — to hotels in Prince Albert on Saturday.
Provincial officials said Sunday that they will be setting up recreational activities for the children who have been taken to Prince Albert.
They are also monitoring the fire and will prepare to evacuate the rest of the community if it spreads. Aerial tankers are being used to drop water and fire retardant on the flames.
Fond du Lac is about 900 kilometres north of Prince Albert.