Saskatchewan is experiencing severely dry conditions throughout much of the province. These conditions increase the potential risk of fires.
On August 31, 2017 an open fire ban was expanded for Crown land and provincial parks, south of the Churchill River. Several municipalities in the province have also put their own bans in place.
A recent grass fire near Glentworth and northern wildfires reinforces the need for diligence by people living, working or enjoying recreational activities across Saskatchewan during these dry conditions.
With hunting season underway, hunters are reminded to take extra precautions.
- Carry a fire extinguisher, shovel or other tools in your vehicle.
- Walk whenever possible.
- Avoid unnecessary vehicle idling.
- Mufflers and other parts can get hot enough to start a fire.
- Keep your vehicle out of tall grass – stick to roads and trails.
- When setting up your camp, pick an area free of tall grass.
Always be aware of current conditions in advance of any hunting trips, as conditions may continue to get drier in the province. Hunters are reminded to get landowner permission accessing private land.