Saskatoon is preparing to fight fire with fire by conducting a number of prescribed burns in a riverside park this week.

Weather permitting, crews will set a number of controlled fires in Gabriel Dumont Park this week.

The problem is that a dangerous layer of thatch, or duff, has built up in the park. 

"By reducing this duff load, we've reduced the possibility of having an uncontrolled fire,” said Darren Crilly manager of the city’s Parks Branch.

Crilly said the burn will also enhance biodiversity in the park weed out unwanted plants.                 

"And provide an environment for our native grass species to flourish."

If the weather conditions are favourable, the prescribed burns are set to take place over the next three days.