There were no new forest fires reported in Saskatchewan between Sunday and Monday morning, but there is more smoke coming in from the Fort McMurray fire.
The Fort Mac fire has travelled a bit closer to the Saskatchewan border and according to the Environment Ministry, it’s now just over 10 kilometres west as opposed to 15 kilometres west on May 10th.
The fire is more than 40 kilometres west of any Saskatchewan communities.
The smoke is heading south and west and blanketing most of central and southern Saskatchewan.
Of the 8 forest fires burning right now, none are encroaching on any communities and they are all contained.
There have been 141 fires to date as opposed to 130 at this time last year.
Most of southern Saskatchewan is in the high to extreme hazard territory for grass fires, even with the rain in parts of the province last week.
In the meantime, officials say the concern with northern Alberta wildfires has shifted from the city of Fort McMurray to the oil industry in the surrounding area.
Yesterday, eight thousand people at work camps north of Fort McMurray were moved out as part of a mandatory evacuation.
The evacuation zone, stretching about 50 kilometres north of Fort McMurray to just south of Fort MacKay, included Syncrude and Suncor facilities, along with several smaller operations.
Suncor says there has been no damage to company infrastracture, and there is enhanced fire mitigation and protection around all of its facilities.