A general evacuation has begun for residents of the town of La Ronge, the Village of Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band due to wildfires in the area that are blowing smoke and particulate matter into and around the communities.

The provincial government’s Office of the Fire Commissioner stated in a press release today that the evacuation is happening from “an abundance of caution” as well as the potential risk that the increased fire activity presents to the communities.

Affected residents will be transported to evacuation facilities located in Cold Lake, Alberta.

The Government of Saskatchewan’s Wildfire Management Branch has deployed additional assets to protect the community’s homes and infrastructure from encroaching fires.

Travel to the La Ronge area is restricted while the evacuation is in progress and the threat from smoke and wildfire remains.

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