Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall shared his thoughts on Tuesday’s wildfires and winds at the Legislature on Thursday.
Wall said it was easy to understand the seriousness of the situation while he was at home that night in Swift Current, listening to the violent wind with the fires not far away.
“Sitting in the house with the power out and listening to the wind, you can contemplate what was going on in Leader and Burstall, for awhile the fire jumped the river sort of going north and then you realize the effort that was put into fighting that fire,” Wall said.
Wall also expressed his condolences to the family and friends of volunteer firefighter James Hargrave, who was killed in a single vehicle rollover near Burstall while helping fight the fire.
He says their thoughts are also with the two men injured near Gull Lake while trying to protect their property from the approaching flames.
“This was a serious fire and we know there was injuries and obviously even on route to a fire it’s dangerous as we found out tragically,” said Wall.
SaskPower meanwhile estimated on Thursday, that 100,000 customers lost power at some point thanks to the high winds and fires.