On Friday, July 17th, 2015 the evacuation order was lifted for Lac La Ronge, Air Ronge, and Lac La Ronge Indian Band.
It could take a few days to a week for people to return home. Power and other services are being restored in the area. Those with health concerns will remain evacuated until smoke dissipates. A few small communities within the Lac La Ronge Indian Band area will remain evacuated. Fire is no longer threatening the community, though it continues to burn.
An estimated 7 000 people were evacuated from their homes in the La Ronge area in Northern Saskatchewan in early July. Many of the displaced people took shelter at The Cold Lake Energy Centre, as well as, in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
The City of Cold Lake has released a notice that The Energy Centre will re-open and resume regular operations on July 21st, 2015. Plans were underway to begin moving the evacuees on Saturday, July 18th in the late morning. Nearly 700 evacuees who called The Energy Centre home since July 5th, 2015. The Canadian Red Cross, along with the Saskatchewan Government, will bear the cost of the operation.
The City of Cold Lake asks anyone wishing to donate to the cause, to make a financial donation directly to the Red Cross. You can donate online via The Canadian Red Cross’ website.