Extreme wildfire risk returns to wide area of Saskatchewan

What a difference a week makes — when it comes to the risk of forest fires.

Much of province, and Alberta, is back in fire risk red zone, federal map says

More than half of Saskatchewan was at high or extreme risk of wildfires on June 7, according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. (Canadian Wildland Fire Information System)

What a difference a week makes — when it comes to the risk of forest fires.

Natural Resources Canada's latest fire danger map shows a large red zone — meaning extreme fire risk — over a large portion of Saskatchewan.

Following several days of rain, there were no areas of Saskatchewan listed at extreme risk of wildfires on May 31, according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. (Canadian Wildland Fire Infomation System)

It's a big change from a week ago when, following days of rain, there were virtually no areas of extreme risk.

Many parts of the province are expected to see temperatures in 30s Wednesday and Thursday before the weather turns cooler.

According to the Saskatchewan government, there were 12 wildfires burning in the province yesterday, including two new ones.

So far this year, there have been 192 fires, compared to 280 last year, when records were set.