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Fast-moving grass fire poses risk to 3 Saskatchewan communities

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WATCH ABOVE: A wildfire in the RM of Biggar on Monday led to a state of emergency in effect for Tuesday. Ryan Kessler reports – Apr 23, 2019

Battlefords RCMP are asking people to stay away from a fast-moving grass fire posing a risk to three Saskatchewan communities.

The fire is north of Highway 40 and could cross the highway if the wind increases, police said.

READ MORE: Wildfire prompts state of emergency in Biggar, Sask. area

It poses a risk to the Sweetgrass First Nation, the Table Mountains area, and the village of Prongua.

Traffic is being restricted in the area by the Highways Department.

It’s one of several fires burning in Saskatchewan on Tuesday as a number of communities declare fire bans due to dry conditions.

READ MORE: Extremely dry conditions make parts of Saskatchewan high risk for wildfires

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Duane McKay, the province’s commissioner of emergency and fire safety, said a brush fire near Biggar was nearly three-quarters contained, but warned that could change based on the wind.

McKay said there were also sizeable fires on the Mosquito and Red Pheasant First Nations, southwest of the Battlefords.

Another fire was reported near Holbein, roughly 30 kilometres west of Prince Albert.

At least 37 rural municipalities have now declared fire bans, along with a number of towns and villages.

READ MORE: Total fire ban issued for RM of Corman Park

People are being asked to contact their RM for further details and see if they are under a ban.

A ban is also in place for the City of North Battleford and in Prince Albert for Little Red River Park and city land north of the river.

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