The wildfire risk for much of Southern and Central Saskatchewan is already being considered high by the provincial fire commissioner.
Due to dry conditions and the rapid transition from winter to summer-like conditions, people are being asked to use caution to avoid starting fires.
Commissioner Duane McKay says the province is looking into sending automated alerts when fires start in specific areas.
“We have started to review that process and see whether we can use the Sask alert system to send out non-broadcast immediate alerts just to inform people that something is going on.”
McKay says while people are going out to enjoy Saskatchewan’s outdoors, caution needs to be taken.
“We have a great province here, with lots of open area to go and to interact with,” Mckay says. “If a little bit of caution is taken around fire, we can keep that in a way where it doesn’t harm other people.”
Some areas around Dundurn and Lumsden have already experienced fires this spring, with the Lumsden fire confirmed to have been started by a cigarette butt.