The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) issued a provincial fire ban early Friday afternoon, July 2, for Crown lands, provincial parks and the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, effective immediately.
The fire ban includes any open fires, controlled burns and fireworks.
Due to hot, dry conditions and an extreme fire risk that covers most of the province, many municipalities already have fire bans in place. The town of Kelvington had already reported their ban Friday afternoon, also effective immediately, with other local municipalities soon expected to follow.
“We know that this is a popular weekend for camping and outdoor activities, but due to the extreme conditions across the province, implementing a fire ban was a necessary decision,” said Steve Roberts, SPSA vice-president of operations.
There are currently 18 wildfires burning in the province.
To date, Saskatchewan has had 202 wildfires, which is slightly over the five-year average of 195.
Anyone who spots a wildfire can call 1-800-667-9660, dial 9-1-1 or contact their closest SPSA Forest Protection Area office.
People can find the latest fire risk maps and municipal fire ban map at www.saskatchewan.ca/fire.