While provincial campgrounds officially open on May 17th this year, campers will have to be cautious due to dry conditions and may not be allowed to maintain a campfire.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Environment issued a ban on all open fires south of the Churchill River to the U.S. border, as conditions in the area are prime for wildfire development.
According to their statement, the ban applies to all Provincial Crown land, burn notification areas and provincial parks and recreations sites within the ban area. This includes Clearwater River and La Ronge provincial parks but excludes Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, where fire hazards are lower.
No open fires or fireworks are permitted for the duration of the ban. Self-contained heating devices, pressurized stoves, gas barbecues, propane firepits, or charcoal briquettes used in an approved firebox will be permitted for cooking and heating purposes during the ban.
A complete listing of all affected provincial parks and recreation sites can be found here.
The fire ban is effective immediately and will stay in place until the Ministry of Environment rescinds the order.
Also worth noting, an alcohol ban will be in effect for the Victoria Day Weekend that applies to all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites. The ban is also in effect at several regional parks.