Some rain expected in the Regina area likely won’t do too much to alleviate concerns about these dry conditions in southern Saskatchewan.
During the week, the provincial ministry of the Enviroment issued a fire ban for southwest Saskatchewan provincial parks and provincial Crown Land, prohibiting open fire.
In Regina, don’t expect to see the same fire bans. Fire Chief Layne Jackson says fire crews are alert, but strict regulations will likely work in their favour.
“With the hot, dry weather we will always have concerns,” Jackson said. “Within the city, we have good irrigation, good asphalt/concrete interface. So there’s good breaks within the city. And we do extensive regulations on open-air fires.”
However, Jackson says summer is far from over adding with the hot, dry weather there will always be concerns about fires sparking.
“We’re confident and we don’t have any serious concerns,” Jackson said. “Some municipalities, that’s the only way they regulate open-air fires is by having fire bans. We have extensive regulations on open-air fires and pyrotechnics in the city, and we monitor that very closely.”
He reminds residents in the Queen City such bans in the city itself, will not be implemented.
Jackson says some concerns still exist about the possibility of grass fires breaking out.