There were 118 active wildfires reported in the province Thursday, another five from Wednesday, and 54 of those are in the La Ronge region.
Saskatchewan Wildfire Management tracks the fires through a fire activity map (see attached document below for the full version or visit their website).
Here is the condition on some of the bigger fires threatening La Ronge and the surrounding communities.
This information was provided by Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson in her update to the community this evening.
The Egg Fire is the one pushing up to La Ronge. It currently covers 90,100 hectares, roughly five times the size of the greater Saskatoon area.
It did not move much Thursday, as the line cut from Bigstone Lake to Mile 5 hill is continuing to hold. The fire by the La Ronge airport grew a little. The massive helicopter, sky crane, was working in this area Thursday.
The Egg Fire is the largest being battled to date. Others are continuing to be fought or monitored:
Eli Fire (5 km North of La Ronge into Sucker River)
– 2,300 Hectares
– Not Contained
– Crews are there working the spot fires.
Brian Fire (at Dicken’s Lake, 8km from Grandmother’s Bay)
– 9,800 hectares
– Crews on both sides of highway, focused on the southeast side.
-2 helicopters were bucketing today
-as of noon today fire line holding
Stower Fire (5-6 Kms south of Hall Lake, this fire is between Emmaline Lake and Hall Lake).
– This fire is making its way to highway #165.(Hall Lake Road).
Lynx Fire (is at Highway #915 km 6 – the Stanley Mission Road)
– Estimated 329 hectares
– Road may close with little or no notice.
– Crossed the road today at 6km on Highway #915 Stanley Mission jct.
– Not contained. Ongoing assessment. Many natural breaks / lakes in the area.
Bow Fire (north of Hunter’s Bay by Nunn Lake)
– Estimated 200 hectares
– Not contained. Ongoing assessment. (not checked today)
Bear Fire (53 km northwest of La Ronge)
– 5,200 hectares
Bob Fire (5km from Highway #105)
– 2 people serving values protection at McKay Lake
– Bucketing on the south east of the fire
– Ground crew working supported by the helicopter
Francis Fire (6km northeast of Sucker River across the water, Williams Peninsula)
– Estimated 2,000 hectares
– Not contained
Marcus Fire (7km southeast of Grandmother’s Bay)
– 200 hectares, entire Island
The total number of fires this year to 601.