As of Monday morning there were 17 fires burning in Saskatchewan, most of which are contained or being assessed.
Duane McKay, Commissioner of Emergency Management Fire Safety says these fires aren’t a concern to municipalities as of right now.
“We do not have any communities that have a direct fire threat, although we have seen some fires in and around communities and Wildfire Management has been able to contain those.”
McKay says cooler temperatures, higher humidity and fire bans have contributed to the decrease in fires.
“We have seen a significant decrease in the number of fires throughout the province, especially in the south. Many municipalities have issued fire bans and we’re seeing a significant decrease in the number of fires that volunteer firefighters have had to respond to.”
McKay says they are constantly monitoring the fires burning in the north along the Saskatchewan/Alberta border.
“We do remain in contact with Alberta, we have three liaison officers working in their operations centre. It’s giving us good intelligence in terms of fire and some of the work they’re doing there that may impact us.”
The government has opened an Emergency Operation Centre in northern Saskatchewan, should northern communities become threatened.
McKay calls the fire situations a ‘western Canadian event’, and says they’re also in contact with Manitoba.