Farmers, volunteers respond to Gruenthal fire

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A fire in the hamlet of Gruenthal, located 30 minutes north of Saskatoon, has forced some residents to temporarily evacuate.

By 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening, the sky above Gruenthal was filled with thick orange smoke as the fire burned across nearby fields, and the highway ditch was smoldering.

The wind, which Gruenthal resident David Stevenson described as “very strong,” was also stoking the flames.

But farmers and volunteers turned out in force, using the machinery they had on hand to try and keep the fire under control and away from residents’ homes and businesses.

“It’s getting there,” said RM of Rosthern council member Robert Baynton, reached shortly before 6:30 p.m. as he was out fighting the fire.

“We’ve got a bunch of tractors going out here right now, and a bunch of guys.”

Julia Peterson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix