With the heat wave drying everything out, the province has issued a fire ban for Crown lands and provincial parks, provincial recreation site and the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District that will be effective at noon. 

The ban covers any open fires, controlled burns and fireworks, and also includes all land within 4.5 km of the provincial forest boundary as well. 

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency vice-president of operations Steve Roberts explained in a statement that “We are asking the public to take extreme caution to prevent wildfires during this time. This includes being cautious using all-terrain vehicles and to report a fire if they see a fire.” 

The SPSA wants to encourage all other municipalities, rural municipalities and communities to examine the fire risk in their area and to consider implementing consistent fire bans to prevent unwanted wildfires.  

As of 8 am this morning, there were 73 wildfires burning in the province.

Fire risk maps, prevention tips and an interactive fire ban map can be found here