Saskatchewan

Woman, baby flee wildfire

The wildfire north of Maple Creek forced a woman and her baby daughter to flee two homes Tuesday night.

The wildfire north of Maple Creek forced a woman and her baby daughter to flee two homes Tuesday night. Pamela Stokke said the first home she fled was her own.

The winds changed and she had to pack up what she could and get out, she said.

"Well, the first things I packed up were passports and birth certificates and my diamonds, and I went from there," she said. Stokke then went to her mother's house nearby but when the fire approached that building, they once again had to leave.

"You can see smoke and fire behind you just threatening to swallow your life," she said. "It's a weird feeling."

Now, she says she's preparing to go home.

She knows a haystack on the property caught on fire and some livestock died, but she thinks the home is safe.

Other people in the Maple Creek area were nervously watching as the wildfire burned through their farmyards.

The flames were sparked in the afternoon. The town's mayor, Barry Rudd, blames a CP train, although the railway says it has no evidence that its equipment was to blame.

Winds approaching 100 kilometres an hour fed the raging blaze.

Hundreds of firefighters and volunteers fought throughout the afternoon and into the night.

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