The 2018 wildland fire season is well under way with 90 fires to date as of May 7th, 2018. The largest active fire is a 50 hectare fire burning approximately 8 km south east of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. At 90 fires to date, the season is starting quickly compared to the 5 year average of 51 fires.
UPDATE: 18HB-TEARING Fire, Cumberland House – As of 2:50 pm Monday May 7th, 2018 is reported to be 182 hectares and still not contained.
UPDATE: RM of Nipawin Fire Ban in Effect
87 of those 90 fires have been identified as caused by humans, 2 are still undetermined and one, located near the region of last year’s Granite fire along Hwy 106, is the first lightning caused fire of the season.
As of 7 am Monday, May 07, 2018, 12 fires are currently active in the province with 7 contained, 2 ongoing assessment and 3 not contained. The three not contained include the 50 hectare Tearing fire near Cumberland House, the 4.5 hectare 18BN-SAWMILL fire near Buffalo Narrows and the 6.8 hectare 18WY-BHPP01 fire at Christopher Lake. (Note: As of 9:00 am, one of the three fires listed has been updated as contained, though which of three it was is not yet available)
High and Extreme Fire Hazards in most of the Province of Saskatchewan
Despite the flooding experienced in select areas of the province, the Fire Weather Index (WFI) shows High and Extreme fire risks for a good portion of the province. Fire departments around the area are working hard to raise awareness of the current conditions.
Nipawin Fire Department posted a notice on their Facebook page,
“Fire Index map for May 6th. Index is EXTREME for a large part of the province including the Nipawin area. Use extreme caution with any fire related activities today, especially with today’s windy conditions. Help prevent any unnecessary call outs for the Fire Department. Thank you for your cooperation.”
As well Carrot River Fire Rescue, posted a notice,
“Please use EXTREME caution when doing ANYTHING that may cause sparks or a fire today. Carrot River and the RM of Moose Range are in “Extreme” fire conditions today, as well as many others across Saskatchewan. If you are doing a controlled burn PLEASE use EXTREME CAUTION and CALL the provincial Controlled Burn Line at 1-866-404-4911 BEFORE lightning it up to help prevent unnecessary call outs for the Fire Department! THIS IS PROVINCIAL, NOT JUST IN ONE MUNICIPALITY“.
You can follow the two local fire departments to be alerted of fire ban notices for each of the regions they cover. Fire ban information will also be available from your local municipal office.
Report a Wildfire
Call 1-800-9660 or 911 to report a wildfire.
Report a controlled burn anywhere in the province.
The number is answered 24/7 – 365 days.
If you plan to burn in or within 4.5 kilometres of the provincial forest during the wildfire season (April 1 to October 31), you may also need a burn notification number. These are available from the Ministry of Environment’s Wildfire Management Forest Protection Offices.
Report Grass Fires (TIP: It tells you to CALL 911) https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/fire-safety/controlled-burns-and-grass-fires#grass-fires
Nipawin Fire Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Nipawin-Fire-652051948179373/
Carrot River Fire Rescue Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carrotriverfire/
Wildfire in Saskatchewan: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/wildfire-in-saskatchewan
Get the latest wildfire information. Check fire hazards and get smoke information for the province. Request wildfire assistance.
Canadian Wildland Fire Information System: http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/home