Premier Brad Wall is defending efforts to battle forest fires in northern Saskatchewan.
The opposition is calling on the SaskParty government to expand the budget to battle fires.
Wall says major improvements have been made following last year’s difficult season in the north.
He says eight additional firefighting crews have been hired in northern communities.
He says the process for evacuation roles between the province and local authorities have been re-evaluated.
As well, the Premier says training capacity has been expanded and new equipment has been purchased.
He says weather stations have also been upgraded.
Wall says other changes include removal of vegetation to reduce wildfire hazards at 15 locations.