Little rain in Saskatchewan, officials warn fire evacuees against heading home

Emergency officials are warning fire evacuees from northern Saskatchewan not to go home until it’s safe.

Emergency officials are warning fire evacuees from northern Saskatchewan not to go home until it’s safe.

They are reviewing which communities are no longer under threat from wildfires before lifting evacuation orders.

Steve Roberts with wildfire management says some rain has fallen in the region but “not enough” to snuff out all fires near towns and reserves.

Flames and thick smoke have forced about 13,000 people out of their homes in at least 50 communities over the last two weeks.

The fires have destroyed 81 houses and cabins.

Premier Brad Wall says crown corporations will allow evacuees to delay paying their utility bills until September.

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