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Saskatchewan Fires Cause Hatchet Lake First Nation Evacuation

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About 1,100 residents, including those of Hatchet Lake First Nation, have been airlifted from northern Saskatchewan to get out of the potential path of a massive wildfire, CBC News reported on June 2.

The communities, about 435 miles north of Saskatoon, are only accessible by air. They were being taken mainly to Saskatoon.

According to CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, the region was extra dry because it had received less than half its normal rainfall in May, and that during the first part of the month, putting the northern section of Saskatchewan “under an extreme fire risk,” she told CBC News.

Hampering firefighting efforts was the irony that crews “have to go quite a distance to get some water because our lakes are still frozen,” said Hatchet Lake Acting Chief Ed Benoanie, according to CBC News. Because of this, crews were dropping both water and fire retardant onto the forest, the CBC said.

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