Saskatchewan

Fire ban continues as number of Sask. wildfires rises

The Saskatchewan government says there have been 200 wildfires so far and 31 of them were active on Saturday, May 23.

Province reports 200 wildfires so far this season and 31 active fires on Saturday, May 23

Fire Commissioner Duane McKay at the news conference on Friday announcing fire bans across northern Saskatchewan as well as extreme high risk situations in the southern part of the province. (Dann McKenzie/CBC)

The Ministry of Environment's tally of wildfires in Saskatchewan rose higher on Saturday.

The latest information from the government on Saturday, May 23 counts 200 total wildfires in the province this season. That number was at 183 the day before. 

The Saturday morning update said there are 31 active wildfires currently burning in the province. There were 21 reportedly burning the day before. 

Fire officials announced a fire ban Friday morning for nearly all areas north of Saskatoon including provincial parks, forests and recreation sites. Campers were instructed to limit campfires and barbecues to natural gas or briquettes.

Residents near the town of Love, Sask. northeast of Prince Albert were moved to safety due to fires burning in the area. 

Many parts of southern Saskatchewan are also considered under an extreme high risk of fire.

Take a look at the map below to get a sense of the wildfire situation across the province this Saturday.

Saturday wildfire map

The Ministry of Environment released this map on Saturday, May 23 showing the current number of wildfires in the province and where each one is burning. (Government of Saskatchewan)

Southern Saskatchewan

The fire risk for southern Saskatchewan and agricultural areas on Saturday is seen in this map from the Ministry of Environment. (Government of Saskatchewan)

Northern Saskatchewan

The fire risk for northern Saskatchewan and forested areas on Saturday is seen in this map from the Ministry of Environment. (Government of Saskatchewan)

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