SPSA reports 65 per cent of Cloverdale Fire contained

Cloverdale fire - Submitted photo

Roughly two-thirds of the Cloverdale Fire burning northeast of Prince Albert is contained, according to the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, but weather conditions continue to pose a problem.

High wind speeds, and shifting wind directions, have created a challenging situation throughout Wednesday. As of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 65 per cent of the fire was considered contained. Crews are still on scene, and a precautionary evacuation alert has been put in place for residents living east of Hwy 2, west of Cloverdale Rd., and south of Township Rd.

The Ministry of Highways has added extra staff to keep the Cecil Ferry running 24 hours a day. The new hours are in effect until further notice.

Residents living north of White Star Rd. are permitted to return of the homes, according to a press release issued by the City of Prince Albert.

The State of Emergency for the City of Prince Albert remains in effect.

Evacuees are encouraged to register at the Margo Fournier Centre at 1211 First Avenue West, or by calling 306-953-4816. The centre will be staffed until 9 p.m. Wednesday night to aid evacuees.