The Opposition N-D-P says it has concerns about the resources and money the Saskatchewan government has earmarked to fight forest fires.
N-D-P Leader Trent Wotherspoon says the provincial wildfire budget has fallen by nearly half, from 102 million dollars in 2009-2010 to 56 million in 2015-2016.
Wotherspoon says more resources are needed due to the extreme fire risk and tinder-dry conditions.
Environment Minister Herb Cox says the province ended up spending about 130 million dollars on a record wildfire season last year.
But Cox says it doesn’t make sense to tie up that much money in the budget, adding it’s better to go back and ask for more if it’s needed.
He says the province is bringing back firefighters earlier this season, has hired eight more crews, and is thinning out strips of forest around several communities.
In the meantime, officials with the government of Saskatchewan say they don’t anticipate the Fort McMurray fire crossing into Saskatchewan anytime soon.
Right now the fire is about five kilometres from the border, and 30 kilometres from the community of La Loche.
Duane McKay with Emergency Management and Fire Safety says while there is no threat to communities, there is some concern over air quality.