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Extreme Saskatchewan fire risk prompts Prince Albert to issue fire ban

Parts of Prince Albert are under a fire ban as the fire risk in many regions of Saskatchewan remains extreme. Government of Saskatchewan / Supplied

UPDATE: City of Prince Albert says fire ban lifted

An immediate fire ban has been issued for parts of Prince Albert, Sask.

City officials said the ban is due to the extreme fire weather index for the grasslands and forest fringe area.

The ban covers all areas of the city north of the North Saskatchewan River including Little Red River Park and the Hazeldell and Nordale residential areas.

READ MORE: Home heavily damaged in grass fire near Saskatoon

Open fires and fireworks are both prohibited. The ban does not include self-contained heating devices, gas barbecues, propane fire pits and charcoal briquettes used in park-provided barbecues and fire pits.

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The ban will remain in place until conditions improve.

AS of 3 p.m. May 7, the province reports10 active wildfires in Saskatchewan – six which are contained, two under ongoing assessment and two not yet contained.

So far in 2018 there have been 94 wildfires, and 880 hectares of provincial Crown land have burned. The five-year average for this time of year is 51.

READ MORE: Home extensively damaged by out-of-control grass fire near Saskatoon

The fire weather index for most of the province is either high or extreme but no provincial fire bans have been issued at this time.

Officials said to check with local authorities as open fire bans may be in place in some jurisdictions.

Conditions in the southwest corner of the province are expected to improve Tuesday as rain is forecast for the area.

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