Saskatchewan

Pheasant Rump residents return home

Some 20 residents of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation are back home following health concerns related to a fire at a nearby oil battery.

Some 20 residents of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation are back home following health concerns related to a fire at a nearby oil battery.

People in the community told CBC News that black smoke with a noxious smell had drifted onto the reserve, about 170 kilometres southeast of Regina.

Calvin McArthur, an environmental monitor for the first nation, told CBC News Tuesday that the community should have been given more information about the fire.

"The closest house is approximately 2.8 kilometers north of the fire, in line of the smoke," McArthur said. "The first nation was not made aware of the fire or the smoke from this fire that was coming on to the reserve."

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