The communities affected by wind and wildfire on Tuesday night have now moved into recovery mode.
Duane McKay, Commissioner of Emergency Management and Fire Safety, said on Thursday, they have flown over to get a reconnaissance and it’s estimated 30-thousand hectares were burned in the Burstall area and 4-thousand more around Tompkins.
“In our aerial reconnaissance we did notice that there is a number of structures, fences, livestock impacts, feed stock that were involved in the fire and those will be assessed over the coming days,” McKay said via a conference call on Thursday.
The province said Tuesday night’s situation shows that an emergency evacuation can happen anywhere.
His message to the public is to have a 72 hour emergency kit in place and have a plan in place for evacuations.
The province is also estimating around 400 livestock was lost, and at its peak 100-thousand SaskPower customers lost electricity because of the fires and strong winds.
(Files from CJWW)