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  The Executive Director for Wildfire Management Steve Roberts reports the majority of provincial resources are focused on three fires in this area the largest of which is the Granite Lake Fire.  He says it is currently 74 thousand hectares 14 kilometers southeast of Pelican Narrows, 1 kilometer east of Jan Lake and 35 kilometers northeast of Denare Beach.  Roberts says all residents of Jan Lake and Birch Portage have been evacuated due to the direct fire threat.  Highway 135 and highway 106 and Saskpower lines are threatened by this fire.  He reports Jan Lake, Birch Portage, Tyrell Lake, Sturgeon Wier, the Sasktel communications tower and other remote values are being protected with sprinkler units at this time.


Roberts adds the Preston Fire is about 31 thousand hectares three kilometers north of Pelican Narrows and the Wilkins Fire is about 6 thousand hectares 15 kilometers south of Pelican Narrows and 6 kilometers west of Jan Lake.  He says they have been successful at protecting values including infrastructure, homes and communities.



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