For Immediate Release
May 5, 2016
TOTAL FIRE BAN: BEARDY’S & OKEMASIS FIRST NATION
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – A total fire ban has been instituted on the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation according to the community’s Fire Chief, Leon Gamble: “our actions affect our neighbours with sometimes deadly consequences. As such, we will respect and adhere to the provincial fire ban – a total fire ban is now in effect for our community.”
The provincial fire danger level is listed as “extreme” (red) for the area.
“Dry, windy conditions have made for the perfect storm” explains Brenda Seesequasis, the Emergency Response Coordinator for the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. “We have had 2 situations where wildfires started and created very hazardous situations for Band members – we must work to ensure that those same situations do not occur again. A total fire ban will help achieve that.”
A total fire ban means that no fires are permitted on-reserve.
“We will re-assess the ban as conditions improve but until then, we expect that Band members will respect the measures we’ve put in place to prevent emergency situations” concluded Seesequasis.
For more information, please contact:
Chief & Council Communications
To: Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation Band Members
From: Director of Public Works & Housing
Date: April 17, 2016
Re: PUBLIC WORKS COMMUNITY NOTICE
Dear Band Members,
| PUBLIC NOTICE 1 – GRASS BURNING PERMIT |
All residents of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation are reminded that you MUST obtain a grass burning permit from the Band Office prior to any grass burning. The Fire Department will contact you to conduct the controlled burn on a specified date.
For your own safety, and that of your neighbours, please DO NOT conduct an unsupervised burn.
| PUBLIC NOTICE 2 – WATER MAIN BREAK |
The 8″ water main that supplies the Arena, Schools, Band Office, Youth Centre, Day Care, and some residences broke along the highway near the RCMP houses. Multiple attempts to remedy the situation have not had the desired results.
SaskPower will be shutting off the power on Monday to complete the work. As such, water and power at the locations identified will be affected and will not be available on Monday and potentially Tuesday.
After the work is completed, water technicians will have to test the water before normal operations at the identified facilities can resume.
**To be clear, school and administrative operations will be suspended Monday and potentially further into the week while this work is completed. More information will be available shortly**
I apologize for the inconvenience, but please know that we are working diligently to rectify the situation.
Director of Public Works & Housing