Town of La Ronge - Saskatchewan

NEWS

Living
Community Development Community Groups Community Profile Transportation Public Notices Schools Photo Gallery
La Ronge Logo
spacer

Wildfire Situation Updates

July 20th 2015

Information is also shared on the Town's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/town.laronge

*Preparedness is key, for more information on how to prepare you and your family for emergencies, visit the Red Cross Website*

------------------------

Forest Fire Status Update Sunday July 19, 2015
This update is... a public service by Gill Gracie of Aurora Communications Ltd. The updates come from Wildfire Management. [Updates will be shared directly on "Town La Ronge" Facebook page as made available by Aurora Communications Ltd.]

Still 56 fires burning in the La Ronge region. 36 in the Buffalo Narrows region and 8 in the Prince Albert region – total of 100, well down from the max of 126 a few days ago. 78 of them are more than 100 hectares in size. 7 new fires started yesterday, and 10 were extinguished.
Sikachu and Clam Lake Bridge residents were cleared to return home today. Hall Lake remains under an mandatory evacuation order until good infrared hot spot information can be obtained to determine the level of fire risk from the Stowers fire. The rain overnight prevented good infrared readings.
If a fire is not listed, the previous conditions still apply.
In spite of rain, four new fires have appeared. Wind conditions tomorrow could be conducive to Grade 5 fires (very hot). The infrared scanners will try again to find hot spots starting at 4:30 am.

La Ronge area:
Egg Fire: 96,271 ha, not moved but not contained. Efforts continue to secure lines and protect values (pumps and sprinklers). The Bob Fire: 25,545 ha, 8.5 km SW of Missinipe, has now joined with the Egg, so there will be no more Bob reports. Not contained. Potential threat to GMB access.
Stowers Fire: Remains at 904 ha (Mapping not updated). Not contained; still a threat to Hall Lake if conditions kick up. Hall Lake evac still applies. Five crews (26 people) are working on the smoking and active NW corner, which could run to the community if conditions are right. Helicopters are transporting personnel and bucketing. Two fires to the southwest of Stowers, Mew and Line, will be attacked for the further protection of Hall Lake once Stowers is out.
Lynx Fire: 2,000 ha, no movement. Continued threat to Stanley Mission access. Ground crews and helicopters working, along with army personnel.
Cog Fire: reduced from 150 to 40 ha. Ground crews and helicopters continue working; pumps and sprinklers protecting the historic Stanley Mission church.
Carey Fire: The cats were unable to establish a line because of rocky terrain. The fire will be scanned to find areas of concern, and values protected where required. Residents of Wapawekka Lake are under a fire advisory.
Brian Fire: Still 30,100 ha. Not contained. No new information.
Seabee Fire: 3209 ha, still 8 km S of the Seabee mine. Ongoing assessment.
Shadd Fire: 1786 ha, 32 km NW of Missinipe. Pumps and sprinkler systems installed at McIntosh Lake.
Whyte Fire: 25 km SW of Napatak near Hwy 165: 1576 ha. Ongoing assessment; military crew assigned.
Dowd Fire, Hwy 165E: Contained.
Bear Fire: Fire has been quiet. 49.8 km NE of La Ronge. 7.036 ha. Pumps and sprinklers on values.
Unnamed New Fire: This fire of about 1,000 ha was discovered today, NE of the end of the Besnard Lake road.
Shoe Fire: NE corner of Lac La Ronge, 10.5 km from Stanley: 2000 ha at least count; bucketing continues. Progress is being made.
Francis Fire: NE of Sucker River. Containment progresses.

Weyakwin/Montreal Lake area:
Philion Fire: Grown from 105,000 to 111,500 ha. Fuel break and protection lines are in south of Ramsey Bay. Some hot spots have been identified.
Montreal Lake and Bittern Fires: Fires are contained.

West Side:
Mack Fire: 38,411 ha, no movement. Not contained. 5 km E of La Loche, 6 km N of Bear Creek, 15 km SW of Turnor Lake. Ground crews, heavy equipment and helicopters working the fire.
Forcier Fire: Reduced to 159,426 ha. 4.5 km north of Patuanak. Ground crews, helicopters and heavy equipment have completed both sets of fire guards south of Patuanak.
Senyk Fire: 130,000 ha, up from 85,000 yesterday. 2 km W of Pinehouse. Ground crews and helioptes still working on hot sots.
Brady Fire: 92,000 ha.
Bray Fire: 73,750 ha, increase of 13,750 ha from yesterday. W of Vermette L and S of Dillon L; not contained. In area of Vermette, Dillon and Little Dillon Lakes. Ground crews and helicopters working on hot spots. Rain yesterday.
Bob Fire: Hwy 903 near Canoe Lake: Contained.
Jayleen Fire: W of Upper Cummins Lake: Contained.
Mallory Fire: 22 km south of Turnor Lake. Contained.

East Side:
Vance Fire: 31,000 ha. W of Deschambault Lake. Continue to secure south perimeter with ground crews and helicopters.

Next update tomorrow evening.

-------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 3/2015  4:30 PM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards La Ronge. The Egg and Eli fires have been active today.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated. La Ronge Regional Fire Department has responded to the Wadin Bay Area as a precaution.

-Highway 2 South is CLOSED and Highway 102 North is CLOSED until further notice.

-The Egg Fire is still 12km away from La Ronge. The outer edges further away from Town La Ronge are very active today but the area closest to us is not.

-A control line against La Ronge has been completed.

-Premier Wall and Environment Minister Cox toured the area today.

-Fire maps are available at the La Ronge Co-op and La Ronge Fire Cache.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

----------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 3/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards La Ronge. Crews are working hard to continue this trend.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated. Precautionary steps are being taken to protect the communities from the Eli Fire.

-Highway 2 South is OPEN. Highway 102 North is CLOSED.

-Please do not travel north if you don't have to and do not stop to take pictures or videos.

-The Egg Fire is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews have made good progress on the outer flank. Heavy helicopters will be used on This fire today.

-A control line against La Ronge has been completed.

-Premier Wall and Environment Minister Cox are touring the area today.

-Fire maps are available at the La Ronge Co-op and La Ronge Fire Cache.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 2/2015 PM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards La Ronge. Crews are working hard to continue this trend.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 South and Highway 102 North are closed. Convoy's are staring for Highway 2 going north and south.

-Please do not travel north if you don't have to and do not stop to take pictures or videos.

-The Egg Fire is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews have made good progress on the outer flank. Helicopters are being used as bomber aircraft can not fly in the smoke.

-A control line against La Ronge has been completed.

-Fire maps are available at the La Ronge Co-op and La Ronge Fire Cache.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

------------------------

July 2, 2015 - 2:45 p.m

Highway 2 South is now CLOSED until further notice.

Closed at Pinehouse Jct. And south of Weyakwin.

------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 2/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards the Town La Ronge for the 3rd straight day.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 South and Highway 102 North are open. Please do not travel north if you don't have to and do not stop to take pictures. Road closures could change at anytime.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews have made good progress. 215s and a heavy helicopter continue to action this fire.

-A control line against La Ronge has been completed.

-Smoke may hamper suppression but aircraft will be flying as much as possible.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 2/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards the Town La Ronge for the 3rd straight day.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 South and Highway 102 North are open. Please do not travel north if you don't have to and do not stop to take pictures. Road closures could change at anytime.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews have made good progress. 215s and a heavy helicopter continue to action this fire.

-A control line against La Ronge has been completed.

-Smoke may hamper suppression but aircraft will be flying as much as possible.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

-----------------------

- Click Here for July 1 Updated Fire Map

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 1/2015 PM)

-No fire threat to Town of La Ronge at this time. No progression of fire towards the Town La Ronge has occurred.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 South and Highway 102 North are open. Please do not travel north if you don't have to. Road closures could change at anytime.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews are working hard on this fire and are making good progress.

-A cut line against the community is nearing completion.

-Aircraft have been able to fly today including 215s and helicopters.

-An updated fire map is being compiled and will be made available when completed.

Wildfire Management:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

 

-------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (July 1/2015 10:30 AM)

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. No new developments to report.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 South and Highway 102 North are open. Please do not travel north if you don't have to. Road closures could change at anytime.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. Crews are expected to make significant progress today.

-A cut line against the community is nearing completion.

-Fire Fighter fitness is at 2pm at the Fire Cache for those active within the last 5 years.

Important Links
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

-------------------------

- Click here for updated Fire Map

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 30/2015 4:40 PM)

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region but no major changes today.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway restrictions by convoy are in place for Highway 102. Highway 2 South, Highway 165 East and Highway 969 are all open.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. The smoke continues to hamper fire growth and is approximately 58,029 hectares.

-A cut line is being put in around the communities to provide opportunities for back burning if he need arises.

-A new fire map is now included with an estimated boundary of the Egg Fire. Maps will be updated as the smoke clears.

- Fire Fitness Testing Scheduled for July 1, 2015

Important Links
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Highway Hotline: 1-888-335-7623

-------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 30/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region but no major changes thus far.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway restrictions by convoy are in place for Highway 102 north and Highway 2 south. Highway 165 East is open as well.

-The Egg Fire (which joined the Clarke Fire) is still 12km away from La Ronge. The smoke is hampering fire spread and smoke is expected to remain today. Low relative winds are also expected.

-A cut line is being put in around the communities to provide opportunities for back burning if he need arises.

-A new fire map with fire boundaries should be available today. Will update when made available.

Important Links
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Highway Hotline: 1-888-335-7623

---------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 29/2015 PM)

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region but no major changes today.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River, Lamp Lake and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway restrictions by convoy are in place for Highway 102 north and Highway 2 south. Highway 165 West (Pinehouse Road) is now CLOSED.

-The Egg fire is about 12km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring this fire. More detailed assessment of the fire will be provided tomorrow morning. No aircraft for mapping could get a good picture due to smoke.

-Additional fire trucks have been bought in from the Province of Saskatchewan to complement our Fire Department if needed. Ontario crews have also arrived to assist Wildfire Management.

-Active fire activity is making conditions serious in the region. Please exercise caution and be prepared.

Important Links
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Highway Hotline: 1-888-335-7623

---------------------

Update from Highways:
4:00pm April 29 Highway 2 is now closed as per the Ministry of Highways, no more convoys at this time

 

Highway 102: UPDATE: No more convoys.

---------------------

Highway 2: Convoy every 40 minutes from Highway 165 West (Pinehouse Jct.)

This can change at any time due to fire issues. Please demonstrate caution.

__________________

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 29/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to Town La Ronge at this time. Fire conditions are extreme in the region. No imminent threat.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region.

-English Bay, Sucker River and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 by Weyakwin, Highway 102 north and Highway 969 are still closed.

-The Egg fire is about 12km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring this fire. Leadership is being briefed on a regular basis by wildfire management and we will know more regarding this fire this afternoon.

-Municipal management teams are preparing for various scenario's and all municipal services are operational.

-Active fire activity is making conditions serious in the region. Please exercise caution and be prepared.

Important Links
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Preparedness Canada:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Highway Hotline: 1-888-335-7623

-------------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 28/2015 7:00 PM)

-No fire threat to La Ronge at this time.

-A Health Advisory (SMOKE) is in place for the La Ronge region. Smoke is expected to worsen tonight.

-English Bay, Sucker River and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 by Weyakwin, Highway 102 north and Highway 969 are closed.

-The Egg fire is about 15km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring this fire. Contingency plans are in place if movement is made towards La Ronge.

-Active fire activity is making conditions serious in the region. Please exercise caution and be prepared.

Important Links:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Wildfire Management:1-800-567-4224

Highway Hotline: 1-888-335-7623

---------------------

SMOKE ADVISORY for the La Ronge Region (June 28/2015)

Due to the potential of increasing heavy smoke conditions, people with chronic lung and heart conditions, pregnant women, elders and children 2 years and under are advised to take additional measures to reduce their exposure.

If they have suitable housing available with air conditioning and HEPA air cleaners, and they are not bothered by increasing symptoms from the smoke, they are advised to stay indoors in such accommodation.

If they do not have such housing readily available, they should consider finding suitable accommodation further south. All those considering departing should registered their names at the Jonas Roberts Hall, Far Reserve. Assistance with travel and accommodation can be provided once registration has been completed.

Thank you in Advance,

James Irvine, Medical Health Officer

------------------------

UPDATE: June 28, 2015 (2:45 pm)

Highway 2 is still closed. Highway 969 is also closed now due to a fire.

2 options for detours are available:

Highway 165 East to Highway 106 (Hanson Lake Road) to PA (shorter route)

Or

Highway 165 West to Beauval and then to PA

-----------------------

Highways Update (June 28, 2015 1:00 pm)

Highway 102 north of La Ronge is now closed. Please use the highway hotline for additional information: 1-888-357-7623

-----------------------

Highway 2 Update (June 28, 2015; 12:00 pm)

Highway 2 by Weyakwin is now closed. Use Highway 969 (Molanosa Road) as detour. Please use the highway hotline for additional information: 1-888-357-7623

----------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 28/2015 AM)

-No fire threat to La Ronge at this time. Smoke may pose a risk in the near future. The situation is being monitored. No major changes since the last update.

-English Bay, Sucker River and Wadin Bay remain evacuated. This is being monitored and additional information will be available today.

-Highway 2 by Weyakwin is open. It is subjected to change at anytime and the Ministry will keep us updated.

-The Clarke and Egg fires are about 20km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring these fires. No movement towards La Ronge has occurred.

-Thank-you to all those who working on these fires and are keeping us safe.

-Next update will be this evening unless an earlier one is warranted.

Important Links:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Highway Hotline Phone Number: 1-800-567-4224

----------------------------

UPDATE: June 27, 2015 - 7:35 p.m.

Highway 2 now open subject to change without notice as per Highways Manager Jason Senga.

----------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 27/2015 PM)

-No fire threat to La Ronge at this time. Smoke may pose a risk in the near future. The situation is being monitored.

-English Bay, Sucker River and Wadin Bay remain evacuated.

-Highway 2 by Weyakwin is closed.
Please use Highway 969 as a detour to head south (Molanosa Road). For information please use the Highway Hotline. Highway 102 North of La Ronge is open.

-The Clarke and Egg fires are about 20km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring these fires.

-2 415s Aircraft from Quebec have arrived. The province is also receiving additional initial attack teams that will be deployed in strategic locations.

-Next update will be tomorrow morning.

Important Links:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Highway Hotline Phone Number: 1-800-567-4224


------------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 27, 2015 6:50 p.m.)

Highway 2 South by Weyakwin is closed until further notice. Refer to the Highway Hotline for more information 1-800-567-4224.

If needed Highway 969 (Molanosa Road) can be used as a detour.

--------------------

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (June 27/2015 10:30 AM)

-No fire threat to La Ronge at this time. Smoke may pose a risk in the near future. The situation is being monitored.

-English Bay, Sucker River and Wadin Bay are evacuated.

-Highway closures on 102 are possible. Currently open but may change at anytime.

-The Clarke and Egg fires are about 20km away from La Ronge. Wildfire management is monitoring these fires.

-Mayor Thomas spoke to Premier Wall, Minister Reiter and Fire Commissioner McKay regarding the situation and they offered their full support.

-The weather is projected to be warm and windy. The nearly 10mm of rain was localized and lightening strikes are being monitored.

Important Links:
http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fire

Highway Hotline Phone Number: 1-800-567-4224

 

 

La Ronge Fire Situation Update (11:30 am June 26/2015 )

-No fire threat to La Ronge at this time. Smoke may pose a risk in the near future. The situation is being monitored.

-The Town La Ronge is currently not under a State of Emergency.

-A lightening storm has currently ignited 31 fires from the west side to the east side of Northern Saskatchewan.

-The Eli fire is 300 hectare fire burning 2km from the Nemeiben Lake Campground, 2km from access road and 1km from Highway 102. The fire is 4 km from Wadin bay and 6km from Sucker River. Both Sucker River and Wadin Bay are being asked to evacuate.

-Highway closures on 102 are possible today and are being monitored.

-The Clarke and Egg fires are about 14km away from La Ronge and are expected to join in the future.

-Resources are being dispatched to priority areas. Warm and windy weather is expected over the next few days and this situation will remain fluid.

-Updates will be provided as they become available. Preparedness is key in this serious but currently stable situation.



Event Calendar Public Notices Snow Removal Garbage Collection Program