Smoke from three forest fires is causing a lot of haze over southern Saskatchewan. It’s been this way for at least a week, and Jason Knight with Environment Canada says right now, the BC forest fires are the culprit.
“That’s more the smoke that is affecting Regina right now – the BC forest fires,” Knight said. “But even with the northwesterly winds down the road, of course there are fires in Northern Saskatchewan and North West Territories and Northern Manitoba. Really almost any wind direction now will keep that haze over Regina for the next few days.”
Knight says very little wind is causing these stagnant conditions and the smoke to hang over southern areas.
“It’s very stagnant.” Knight said. “Just a very slight westerly flow. Very weak winds, so that haze is just going to be hanging over the entire southern half of the province.”
He says air quality is also affected right now and people may notice problems breathing or itchy eyes because of the smokey conditions in places like Regina.
In the meantime, a forest fire has forced the evacuation of a small isolated community in northern Saskatchewan.
Steve Roberts of Saskatchewan Environment says the fire was within three kilometres of Kinoosao near the Manitoba border.
Because the blaze started in Manitoba, Roberts says crews from that province are fighting it.
Kinoosao has a population of about 60 people.