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Saskatchewan out of firefighting funds, as more than 3,000 evacuated from north

Forest fires throw flames above a tree-line along highway 969 in southern Saskatchewan on June 29, 2015. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province has spent its firefighting budget for the year. The Premier says he's not worried about money right now and the government's priority is to keep fighting wildfires in the north.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
July 01, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province has spent its firefighting budget for the year.

But Wall says he's not worried about money right now and the government's priority is to keep fighting wildfires in the north.

The premier is in Prince Albert visiting some of the 3,000 evacuees from communities near La Ronge and La Loche.

Wall was to fly into La Ronge, but the trip was cancelled due to heavy smoke.

Fires and smoke have been threatening about a dozen communities since late last week.

Emergency officials say they expect more evacuations throughout the day.

There are currently 108 fires burning in the province.

There have been 522 fires so far this season, compared to an average of 150 at this time of year.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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