Some people forced to evacuate their homes due to a wildfire north of Prince Albert, Sask., can return home later Thursday after the fire was contained.
An updated Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency map published Thursday morning indicates the Cloverdale wildfire has been contained.
Cloverdale wildfire near Prince Albert, Sask. about 65% contained
Steve Roberts, the SPSA’s vice-president of operations, said that means the wildfire is not expected to grow, but added it could be weeks before it is put out.
The size of the fire was estimated at 5,583 hectares.
The City of Prince Albert said evacuees in the city and the RM of Buckland can return to their homes as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
There is no word yet on when evacuees from the Berg subdivision in the RM of Garden River can return home.
City officials cautioned that evacuees returning home remain on a precautionary evacuation alert and should be prepared to leave again on short notice.
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SaskPower said progress is being made on restoring power to roughly 8,000 customers as far away as La Ronge.
Spokesperson Joel Cherry said power is now expected to be restored by 8 p.m. Thursday.
Cherry said crews experienced some equipment issues and had to deal with boggy and difficult terrain.
He said that caused some track machines to get stuck.
The wildfire forced the evacuation of a number of people from at least 75 homes in Prince Albert, along with the rural municipalities of Buckland and Garden River.
The SPSA said it is providing support for approximately 40 people as of Thursday morning, including food, clothing and shelter.
Highway 55 will reopen to traffic at 5 p.m. Thursday, with city officials stating a 60 km/h speed limit will be in place to allow emergency crews in the area to continue fire suppression efforts.
Prince Albert and the RM of Buckland remain under a local state of emergency.
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