Two fires, two very different outcomes

Wadena RCMP responded early Thursday afternoon to a fire at Fishing Lake First Nation that had engulfed a house and was threatening to engulf a second.

fishing lake fire
Wadena RCMP blocked off a grid road on Fishing Lake First Nation (FLFN) last Thursday as smoke from a burning house and surrounding grass blocked visibility.

Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen from the east outskirts of Wadena. When the News arrived, RCMP had a grid road south and west of the sports ground entrance blocked off, as smoke billowed across the road and eliminated visibility.

SaskEnergy crews were also on-site monitoring the situation because the gas line located beside the burnt house had ruptured. Once the wind shifted, flames could be seen coming from the end of the gas line that had been connected to the house.

As the Wadena Volunteer Fire Department currently does not have a written agreement in place with FLFN to cover fire calls, all RCMP could do in this case was control traffic and watch as the first house burned while the fire encroached on the second house.

While RCMP were monitoring the situation at FLFN, members of the Wadena Volunteer Fire Department were called to a fire just a few miles north at Kylemore.

Kylemore fire
The grass around almost an entire block had burned by the time firefighters arrived just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

An abandoned house was completely surrounded by the fire but did not appear to suffer much damage.

The causes of either fire have not been determined and no other details were available at the time of press.

By Alison Squires

Wadena News


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