Like all Saskatchewan people, I’m saddened by the destruction and loss caused by the forest fire in Fort McMurray and I know that all Saskatchewan people are keeping the residents of Fort McMurray in their thoughts and prayers.
I’m struck by the harrowing stories of families rushing to leave with nothing more than the clothes on their back. The pictures and video from the evacuation are truly terrifying. But I’m also struck by the resolve and generosity of the residents taking care of each other, sharing supplies, and opening their homes to evacuees.
Firefighters in the air and on the ground are working tirelessly to protect the affected communities and I’m pleased to hear that the government of Saskatchewan is offering whatever help it can while recognizing that nearly every community in our own province is currently at a high or extreme risk of wildfire. I urge all Saskatchewan people to take extra precaution in the coming days and weeks to prevent any fires from being started here in Saskatchewan.
I’m also glad to hear that the federal government, as well as the government of Alberta, will be matching individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross and I encourage all Saskatchewan people who are able and want to help to make a donation.