Local State of Emergency Due to Air Quality from Heavy Smoke
June 7th 2015
AIR QUALITY CONCERNS FROM WILDFIRE SMOKE AND ASH PROMT COMMUNITIES TO ISSUE LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY AND VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AT HIGH RESPITORY RISK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
La Ronge – Sunday June 7, 2015 the communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (La Ronge and Sucker River) have jointly issued a local state of emergency due to poor air quality in the region. There is currently no fire risk to the communities however, due to heavy smoke in the area a voluntary evacuation notice is being issued to those with chronic respiratory illnesses, expectant mothers and children under the age of two.
There have been some evacuations of Lac La Ronge Indian Band communities with Sikichew and Clam Lake being mandatorily evacuated due to fire risk and individuals that are critical health concerns in the community of Hall Lake have been evacuated due to poor air conditions.
The increase in the number of fires burning after a storm system went through the area has resulted in smoke and ash in the air in La Ronge and surrounding area. Fire and health professionals have stated that the air conditions are not expected to improve within the next few days. The public can expect the smoke levels to increase during the cooler periods of the day, being heaviest in the late evening and beginning to lift around mid-morning.
LLRIB Health Services and the Mamawetan Health Region are coordinating the evacuation efforts at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Center (JRMCC). Those who are in need of transportation (in all three communities) to the coordination center may call Yolanda Bear at 306-420-6209 to arrange a ride. Resident are asked to be at the Center no later than 8:00pm this evening (Sunday June 7, 2015).
Individuals may contact Kim Ann Bell at the Health Region for more information and advice on any health concerns at 306 425-0087.
The communities are calling for volunteers and all that are available are asked to identify themselves as volunteers at the JRMCC hall as soon as possible.
Rizwan Ahmad 306-420-5393 (Volunteer Coordinator)
Crawford Bell 306-420-5453 (Emergency Management Coordinator)