Evacuation ordered at Clearwater River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan as wildfire nears

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CLEARWATER RIVER, Sask. — A mandatory evacuation is in place for residents of Clearwater River Dene Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan as a wildfire approaches the community.

Chief Teddy Clark ordered an evacuation Wednesday night, asking people to relocate to Meadow Lake or Lloydminster.

Daryl Wright, the emergency response plan coordinator for Meadow Lake, says at least 150 people have been relocated out of the Clearwater River Dene Nation.

Wright says the biggest hurdle is the frozen lake by the community, limiting their ability to douse the fire.

He says fire crews are using helicopters and water tanks and manually filling the water tanks.

No structural damage has been reported so far.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2023.

The Canadian Press