As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan Wildfire officials said there have been nearly 150 fires in the province, with eight currently burning.
Two of those eight are listed as out of control including the Rally fire and the Tuff fire in Saskatchewan’s north.
Scott Wasilenchuk with the Ministry of Environment says the fires have come close to the communities near the Holbein and Crutwell area.
“We’ve used probably half a dozen helicopters. We’ve had air tankers, skimmers from other parts of the province and CV-580’s. We went after that fire pretty hard. It was a serious situation on Tuesday,” said Wasilenchuk. “We have to commend the men and women who are fighting that fire.”
Meanwhile, temperatures Wednesday will be a lot cooler to help firefighters put out the flames. Highs of 13°C are expected in the area.
Ray Unrau with the Ministry of Government Relations said they’re not expecting anymore communities to evacuate.
“So, when the details of a threat, we’re able to communicate that quickly. We’re able to put action with the appropriate response,” said Unrau. “So, are we expecting it? Not necessarily, but are we prepared to help with the evacuation? Yes, we are.”
Earlier this week, evacuation orders were issued for Crutwell. The communities of Holbein and Crutwell are on notice to be evacuated.
Beverly Smith with the Ministry of Social Services said over 120 evacuees are registered in Saskatoon.
“We are also helping out over 50 people of those who were evacuated Monday in the Meadow Lake area.”
The several families from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation decided to self-evacuate and are being helped in Prince Albert.
Wasilenchuk said in addition to those two major fires, Prince Albert National Park is also being treated for fires, but no evacuations in that area have been issued.
“So, it’s kind of a day by day call. The weather switches, so we’ll remain vigilant on the fight.”
Premier Scott Moe will be touring the fires as well.