Three wildfires are still listed as not contained in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan wildfire officials however, had some good news for those who were evacuated from Water Hen First Nation.
Marni Williams with the Ministry of Social Services said all but two dozen evacuees from Waterhen First Nation are returning to the area.
“Evacuees who were being housed in Saskatoon, Meadow Lake and North Battleford departed for home this morning,”
Williams said the two dozen that are not heading back just yet have family members with health issues such as asthma or other lung related conditions.
The cooler temperatures have helped firefighters for the Tuff and Rally fires near Prince Albert.
Though officials say the expected dry temperatures slated for this weekend won’t help matters. However, it’s expected one of those fires will be contained by the end of the weekend.
Steve Roberts with Wildfire Management said in terms of what’s predicted for the rest of the fire season, they can’t tell at this point.
“We’ll get big rain events, but it’s where and how often they come in,” said Roberts. “Then it’s whether or not they come in with lightning. That’s going to drive the rest of the fire season for the year.”
Roberts said the late start to spring didn’t do firefighters any favours.
“The season started behind schedule. It was only until the third week of April we had almost no fires. Once the snow left and the melt off occurred, we received no precipitation and we rapidly caught up to our average for the season. We’re well past it now. We haven’t had that typical May precipitation that we see.”