Early start to Saskatchewan’s forest fire season

Forest fire near Stanley Mission, Sask. in May 2014. Forest fire season has started early in the province with 32 fires so far in northern Saskatchewan. Yollanda Roberts / Viewer Supplied

SASKATOON – Wildfire season has started early this spring in Saskatchewan. Scott Wasylenchuk, manager of the provincial fire centre, says the season is about two weeks ahead of schedule due to warm weather and wind.

There have been 32 fires so far, all in the northern part of the province, compared to three at this time last year. As of Tuesday morning, one fire is still burning in the Prince Albert area and two in the Buffalo Narrows region.

Since there are no signs of lightning yet this season, it’s believed the fires have all been caused by humans.

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Wasylenchuk says people need to remember that when they start a fire in a forest, they need to make sure it is completely out before they leave.

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“We have lots of grass. We have lots of people using the forest, and the grass itself is tinder dry,” says Wasylenchuk.

“It only takes one spark to start a fire.”

With files from Global News