3 houses destroyed in Kannata Valley, Sask., fire
Fire crews from multiple neighbouring communities respond
A grass fire that stretched for eight kilometres swept the Kannata Valley Monday night, destroying cottages in its way.
It turned from a grass fire to a bush fire probably within minutes.- Luke Lawrence
"You could just hear the roar of the flames smack, crackle and popping in behind our place," Lawrence said.
Lawrence said the fire carried through Lakeshore Drive, on the north side of the valley. He said he decided to leave the area, grabbing his dog on the way out.
"I did a quick video and a couple pictures because I didn't think the place would be standing the next morning," he said. "You could see from the top of the hill there were fires in different spots all along Kannata Valley.
The Lumsden Fire Department confirmed that three properties burned to the ground.
Lawrence said he considers himself lucky that he didn't lose his own home. He said he is also thankful there was no loss of life.
Fire at Kannata Valley, Rick Ridge, and Silton <a href="https://t.co/CMzNSCKOND">pic.twitter.com/CMzNSCKOND</a>—@tracey_sk
Fire crews from Silten, Craven, Earl Grey, Regina Beach, Lumsden and Strasbourg all responded to the scene with fire trucks.
According to Saskatchewan's Ministry of Environment, there are currently 10 active wildfires in the province, six that are contained, two that are being assessed and two that are not yet contained.
"The current wildfire activity is normal for spring in Saskatchewan. The 94 wildfires so far this year is ahead of the five-year average of 54 fires but it is not uncommon for May to be one of the busiest months for wildfires," a spokesperson for the ministry said in a statement.
At this time, the ministry has not confirmed the causes of all 94 wildfires, but said most appear to be accidental.
According to the ministry, most early season wildfires are human-caused, usually by people who start fires but underestimate the burning conditions.
Common grassfire causes include recreational fires, landowners burning debris or grass or vehicle exhausts igniting dry vegetation.
With files from CBC's Morning Edition