After two months of wet weather in northern Saskatchewan, the number of wildfires burning in the province are finally starting to rise, but it’s still nowhere near the average number of fires we see in the province at this time.
There have been only 262 wildfires so far this year in Saskatchewan, down from the 5 year average of 416.
At the moment, 59 fires are burning and only 5 are out of control. 20 people in the northern community of Kinoosao have been evacuated due to a Manitoba fire that is crossing the Saskatchewan border.
Steve Roberts, Saskatchewan’s Executive Director of Wildfire Management, says the wet summer in northern Saskatchewan allowed them to send resources to help fight fires in BC and Montana without worrying about the fire situation in the province.
Now, Roberts says most of the firefighters they sent have returned and are ready to tackle the influx of wildfires in Saskatchewan.
Looking ahead, Roberts says the days are getting shorter, so there shouldn’t be a drastic rise in fires as the latter half of August begins.
However, he also doesn’t expect a drastic end to the fire season.
Roberts also warns there will be a light layer of smoke coming over central Saskatchewan, which is smoke from the BC wildfires.
He also expects heavier smoke in the far northern sections of the province by the weekend, coming from fires in the Northwest Territories.