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1 year later, Gainsborough bride recalls soggy wedding

A Saskatchewan woman's first wedding anniversary will be a much drier affair than her wedding was.

In the midst of the devastating flooding in the southeast last year, Kelsey Reynolds tied the knot on her farm near Gainsborough on July 5.
 
"We were pretty fortunate on the farm. We just had water laying around the yard," said Reynolds. "It was just kind of hard with the community going through what they were going through. Trying to help out in town and trying to plan a wedding was pretty hard."
 

Some in Sask. raise concerns over firefighting policy

There has been a lot of discussion online following a post in an evacuation group about a "let it burn" policy but Daryl Jessop with the Ministry of Environment said it is misunderstood.

"There is no such policy," he said. "Our policy that we do have is that we have zones and all fires are assessed and looked at the proximity to people and property is carefully considered and then the appropriate response is determined depending on location, circumstances, conditions, and available equipment."

Sask. Premier calls changing weather a "double-edged sword" for wildfires

The air was filled with smoke as Premier Brad Wall drove into La Ronge to get an update on the raging fires in the province's north Friday morning.

"They do expect they will be able to get some helicopters in today but earlier ... it was just very smokey," Wall said from the northern community. "So, it's been a ground game."

Salvation Army sets up donation tent at Saskatoon fire evacuation shelter

Recognizing the difficulty of evacuees finding their way to the thrift stores in Saskatoon, the Salvation Army decided to come to them.

“We were giving out vouchers to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores but that presented some problems for people as they needed to get there and it was a bit of a time-consuming process and people needed (supplies) right away as some of them have been here for up to six days,” said the Salvation Army’s Mike Heoft.

Wildfire evacuee numbers top 4,000 on Canada Day

More than 4,000 people have fled their homes as fires continue to ravage the northern half of the province.

The province's Ministry of Environment said as of Wednesday, there were 110 wildfires and less than 10 are considered contained. The largest fires each cover around 10 square kilometres, nearly twice the size of the University of Saskatchewan.

Heavy smoke helps crews make gains against Saskatchewan wildfires

Smoke from northern Saskatchewan wildfires has helped fire crews fight the flames, according to the province's top wildfire management official.

Heavy smoke has helped to reduce the fires’ activity since the sun is not directly hitting the ground and warming the fires, executive director of wildfire management Steve Roberts, said.

“It’s helped us to secure especially those fires that are close to communities by putting people on the ground and getting some hose lines in place,” he said on Wednesday.

Wildfire evacuees from northern Sask. waiting to return home

More than 1,000 people affected by wildfires in northern Saskatchewan have been pushed out of their homes and there’s no timeline for their return.

In Saskatoon the Red Cross has once again opened up a shelter inside the Kinsmen Soccer Centre on Pinehouse Drive near Lawson Heights Mall.

With more evacuees arriving every day, the number of displaced people staying at the centre is just under 300, with a couple hundred more staying in hotels or with friends and family.

Sask. siblings held in Malaysia for naked mountain photo

Lindsey Petersen and his sister Danielle are being held in Malaysia after a recent deadly earthquake local officials are blaming on a group of tourists who climbed Mount Kinabalu and posed naked for a photo at its peak.

Fishing camp hit by Black Lake fire

There's soot and snow on the ground at a northern tourist camp after a weekend fire forced people to evacuate from Black Lake.

VIDEO: Rock slide during earthquake filmed in Nepal

Videos are being shared online of the impact of another earthquake in Nepal.

The first video of a rock slide was shot by a Red Cross worker, James Shaw. He is in northern Nepal, near Dhunche. The second video shows the field hospital the Red Cross has in that area.

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