Wildfires

‘Old MacDonald went broke’: Technology helps grain farmers confront weather woes

‘Old MacDonald went broke’: Technology helps grain farmers confront weather woes

Mar 13, 2024 | 8:55am
British Columbia grain farmer Malcolm Odermatt says all he can do is pray for rain this spring after repeated droughts sabotaged his harvest last year. Odermatt, who is also the president of the BC Grain Growers Association, has been working with his father since 2012 to farm about 2,000 acres of land in the Peace […]
Air Quality Issues Persist in Saskatchewan

Air Quality Issues Persist in Saskatchewan

Sep 18, 2023 | 4:54pm
Environment and Climate Change Canada have issued a special statement on Air Quality. Smoke from wildfires has blanketed Saskatchewan from North to South. The extreme eastern portions of the province, and the south west are not included, but pretty much everywhere else is. Smoke from wildfires will gradually push eastward across parts of the province […]

Hundreds to return home after wildfire evacuation orders lifted

May 25, 2023 | 3:14pm

Hundreds of wildfire evacuees in Saskatchewan are to return home as heavy smoke in the northern region appears to have subsided. Community leaders say they have lifted most evacuation orders for Buffalo Narrows, Buffalo River Dene Nation and Île-à-la-Crosse. Air quality statements in those communities are rated as low risk as of Thursday afternoon. Buffalo Narrows Mayor […]

Saskatchewan activates provincial command for wildfire response

May 17, 2023 | 2:22pm

The province announced this afternoon that provincial command has been activated through Saskatchewan Public Safety’s Provincial Emergency Operations Centre to assist in response to wildfire across northern Saskatchewan. According to the province, there are currently 28 active wildfires burning in the province and there have been 169 wildfires so far this year, which is double the […]

Wildfire forces evacuation of northern Saskatchewan village

May 16, 2023 | 5:09am

A wildfire near the northern Saskatchewan community of Buffalo Narrows has forced the village to issue a state of emergency. Mayor Sandy Ericson said Monday that many residents evacuated the community because the smoke is affecting their health. She said the loss of electricity has also made it difficult for people trying to stay cool. […]

‘Unprecedented’: Bill Blair says military help on the way to battle Alberta wildfires

May 11, 2023 | 10:27am

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Canadian Forces personnel are being deployed to help with an “unprecedented” wildfire situation in Alberta. Alberta has declared a state of emergency. There were 82 active wildfires as of Thursday morning, with 23 out of control. Thousands remain out of their homes and additional fire crews from British […]

Cattle producers in Alberta helping each other as wildfires continue to burn

May 8, 2023 | 3:28pm

Cattle producers in Alberta are either re-locating their herd to a safe place or are preparing to do so, as wildfires continue to burn in parts of that province. Chair of the Alberta Beef Producers Brodie Haugan says producers are keeping each other up-to-date through social media and other means of communication. He says while […]

Wildfire evacuees in northern Saskatchewan head to Regina

May 5, 2023 | 3:48pm

Molly Herman says all she could do was cry as she and her three young children fled from La Loche, Sask., early Friday morning as a nearby wildfire threatened the northern community. Standing outside a Regina hotel, Herman said she’s weak and tired after she and dozens of others took a bus to the provincial […]

New water bomber to help SPSA help fight wildfires

May 2, 2023 | 12:12pm

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is investing in a new water-scooping air tanker just in time for wildfire season in the province. The new CL-215T replaces the obsolete CL-215 in the SPSA’s aerial wildfire suppression fleet and will join a fleet of air tankers and bird-dog planes as part of its wildfire and grassfire […]

Wildfire Smoke Making Things Hazy in Saskatchewan

Aug 25, 2022 | 11:48am

It’s the season for wildfires, and there are a number of them burning in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the North West Territories. That smoke is being pulled south, and the closer to the north you are essentially,  the lower the air quality. Terri Lang at Environment and Climate Change Canada says air quality in southern […]