Saskatchewan

Wildfire threatening northern Sask. wilderness camp

A man in Northern Saskatchewan is nervously keeping an eye on a wildfire that's bearing down on his business.
Fire is closing in on a tourist camp in northern Saskatchewan near La Ronge. (Submitted by Wayne Galloway)

A man in Northern Saskatchewan is nervously keeping an eye on a wildfire that's bearing down on his business.  

Wayne Galloway, who runs the Paull River Wilderness Camp north of La Ronge, says the fire will reach the camp in two days.

Galloway said he's frustrated that the province won't take preventative steps to fight the fire.

He lives in an "observation zone," so responders will work to protect his buildings, but fires in the area are otherwise left to burn naturally.

"Nobody wants to do anything about it, like bring a bomber up and drop some retardant or skim the water and spray it like they used to do," he said. "They won't do that because we're north of this Churchill River."

There are 14 people at the camp now, he said.

"What do I do with these people now?" he asked. "I mean there isn't anybody who is here right now who isn't scared."