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La Ronge area residents breathing easier – StarPhoenix

JULY 20, 2015

Thousands of returning evacuees poured out of cars, trucks and buses over the weekend, but there’s still a lot of work to do in a region devastated by wildfires.

“We’re ramping up services. Long term, we’ll definitely be looking at the economic ramifications,” La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki said. “(But) we look forward to definitely having people relaxed and comfortable back at home.”

Throughout the village of Air Ronge, town of La Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band, residents honked, waved and hugged as they reunited with family and friends after being scattered across the province and into Alberta for the past two weeks.

The evacuation orders have now been lifted for the entire region with the exception of the Hall Lake reserve south of La Ronge.

Kevin Buettner, operations section chief with the department of wildfire management, said there is no longer a fire threat to the La Ronge area and the smoke should also be mostly gone.

“All in all, the success we had was exceptional,” he said.

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