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Grass fire forces 13 people from Saskatchewan reserve

May 7, 2013, Regina – More than a dozen people have been forced from their homes on a northwestern Saskatchewan reserve because of a grass fire.

May 7, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 7, 2013, Regina – More than a dozen people have been forced from their homes on a northwestern Saskatchewan reserve because of a grass fire.

Emergency officials say 13 people have been evacuated from the Onion Lake Cree Nation, north of Lloydminster.

Social Services says those people with health risks and children have been taken to a hotel in Lloydminster.

Onion Lake was already under a state of emergency due to flooding.

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Deputy emergency management commissioner Colin King says crews that were fighting flooding were diverted to help local residents battle the fire.

The Ministry of Environment says fire hazards across Saskatchewan are up – the risk is high in the southern half of the province.