Smoke on the Water

Short photo gallery of a fire that burnt out a fair chunk of land along the north shore of the riverbank this past Wednesday evening.

Heat shimmer obscured the Saskatchewan River near the Highway 17 crossing near Onion Lake. 

Heat shimmer obscured the Saskatchewan River near the Highway 17 crossing near Onion Lake. 

A Paradise Hill water cannon truck blasted at the flames, and managed to keep the blaze confined to the bush south of the road.

A Paradise Hill water cannon truck blasted at the flames, and managed to keep the blaze confined to the bush south of the road.

The Onion Lake Fire Department was out in full force, one of the three crews that responded to the call.

The Onion Lake Fire Department was out in full force, one of the three crews that responded to the call.

The steep sides of the riverbank hills presented a bit of an obstacle for the fire fighters, but eventually they managed to roll hoses down the hill with them to help combat the flames that were deeper into the bush.

The steep sides of the riverbank hills presented a bit of an obstacle for the fire fighters, but eventually they managed to roll hoses down the hill with them to help combat the flames that were deeper into the bush.

Young volunteer fire fighter David Muskego got his visor covered in water as he directed the high-pressure hose at the fire, which had been advancing through the dense brush and fallen trees nearer to the river.

Young volunteer fire fighter David Muskego got his visor covered in water as he directed the high-pressure hose at the fire, which had been advancing through the dense brush and fallen trees nearer to the river.

The smoking remains of the hillsides were scorched and blackened, with only small patches of untouched grass remaining.

The smoking remains of the hillsides were scorched and blackened, with only small patches of untouched grass remaining.