Sitting on a bench just outside the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre evacuation shelter in Saskatoon, Felix Herman watches as a handful of residents from Pinehouse jump on a coach bus heading back home.
But for Herman, who was evacuated from La Loche about a month ago, he has no idea when he’s heading back home and doesn’t know when he’ll be reunited with his girlfriend and son.
“I’ve been out about three to four weeks now so it sucks to be away from home, I don’t know when I’m going back,” Herman said.
Bouncing around between shelters in Regina, Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Herman said he was with his family in Prince Albert before he was transferred to Saskatoon to be with his grandmother.
“I went to Regina and I stayed there for a couple of days, Prince Albert about two weeks and here it’s been one to two weeks,” he said. “I’m not staying with my son and my girlfriend so it’s kind of tough for me.”
Missing his home in La Loche, Herman said he’s optimistic he’ll be home soon, after hearing that some evacuees were heading back home as firefighting crews hold the fire lines.
Perron Goodyear with the Salvation Army was happy to see some evacuees heading back home on Wednesday.
“There was about 22 folks were heading back to Grandmother’s Bay today,” Goodyear said.
The Salvation Army struck up a deal with Subway in Saskatchewan to provide lunch for the evacuees as they make their way home.
Evacuees from Regina made their way to Saskatoon today after emergency management said the northern wildfire situation is improving.
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