The PA fire is still not under control

The PA fire is still not under control

In the meantime, the response to the fires has an impact on movement.

Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road remain closed. Barricades are erected in Prince Albert and Meath Park.

Drivers are encouraged to take Highways 2 and 355 to and from the city.

Power always off

Sask Power confirms that 8,800 customers were affected by Monday’s power outage.

A transmission line was damaged by the fire and it is not yet known when repairs can be completed.

Areas affected by the blackout include Meath Park, Paddockwood, Christopher Lake, Waskesiu, La Ronge and Stanley Mission.

Sasktel is also experiencing blackouts in Prince Albert and surrounding areas, La Ronge, Lake Montreal, Weyakwin, Lake Emma and Lake Waskesiu.

Threatened infrastructure

Meanwhile, Paper Excellence says there was no damage to the Prince Albert pulp mill.

Graham Kissack, Vice President of EHS and Corporate Communications at Paper Excellence, said paNOW workers from the site were evacuated on Monday under the direction of firefighters but have since been allowed to return.

“Fortunately, the wind direction was such that there was enough distance between the fire and the plant that there was no impact on the site,” said Kissack.

“We greatly appreciate the expert efforts of emergency responders,” he added.

Crews attempt to contain the fire on this woodpile about a quarter of a mile west of Carrier Forest Products Ltd. (Submitted)

Carrier Forest Products Ltd. and Carrier Lumber Ltd. did not immediately respond to the request for comment, but a video submitted to paNOW appears to show crews grappling with the fire on a woodpile near Carrier’s reloading division northeast of Prince Albert.

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