The government of Saskatchewan is responding to the growing wildfire crisis.
148 fires have burned so far this year, a number well over one and half times the five year average of 86.
The province’s Executive Director of Wildfire Management Steve Roberts said as of now, there’s 15 active fires crews are battling, one of them near Prince Albert.
“We have crews, heavy equipment and air support continuing work on that fire.” Roberts noted as of Tuesday morning around 11:40 am, this specific blaze had yet to be contained.
As a preventative measure, Roberts said a fire ban is now effective for crown land area south of the Churchill River to the American border, with the exclusion of Cypress Hills Provincial Park.
“We have high hazards in areas, but not extreme, so that’s one of the reasons why Cypress Hills Park is excluded. Because of their elevation and there has been some systems that have skirted the southern part of the province, their hazard levels are lower.”