Saskatchewan

Blaze near Radisson under control

A fire that was raging near Radisson, a small community 65 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, appears to be under control although residents joined to fight the flames Wednesday afternoon.
A man works to control the fire near Radisson, Sask. The blaze destroyed vehicles and buildings and forced 25 people from their homes. (Courtesy Kristen Hamp)

A fire that was raging near Radisson, a small community 65 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, appears to be under control after residents joined to fight the flames Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses have told the CBC the blaze destroyed buildings and vehicles.

Chris Tyremann is helping to fight the fire and says it started at a farmhouse but quickly spread.

"It's happened so fast because the wind is so, so fast out here right now," he said.

Many did what they could to help, Tyremann said.

"It started as almost chaos, but well-formed chaos," he said. "I mean, everybody grabbed a shovel and whatever we had and we just went out there."

Tyremann said the blowing wind created a dangerous situation and he saw a volunteer get injured because of it.

"A wind gust had come along and I watched it literally go six feet within seconds and wrap overtop of him and burn his eyebrows and hair," he said. "That's what kind of fire we're dealing with."

Although the fire is still burning, Radisson, a community of 420, does not appear to be at risk.

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