Fort à la Corne Largest Fire to Date for Province’s 2020 Wildfire Season

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2020)

Updates to the Fort à la Corne (20PA-ENGLISH) fire can be found here: Fort à la Corne Wildfire No Longer Contained

Fort à la Corne Provincial Forest saw Saskatchewan’s largest wildfire of the 2020 season to date this week, which reached 1,275 hectares. According to Saskatchewan Wildfire Management the fire started on May 8th, 2020 is currently contained, and the cause has not yet been determined.

The fire is located in a densely forested area south of Shipman and gets it’s name, 20PA-English, from the nearby English Creek and English Cabin fire tower.

So far in 2020, in our North East Region, Saskatchewan Wildfire Management has recorded one small fire near the White Fox River just south of Smeaton on May 1st, 2020 which was promptly put out the same day and only reached .5 hectare in size. It’s cause is listed as human.

Small Fires at Cumberland House

Three small fires in the Cumberland House region were also detected on May 5th and 6th, 2020 and tackled quickly and all three were classed as out on May 7th. Two of those fires reached 2 hectares each and the third reached 5 hectares. All three Cumberland House fires were deemed caused by human activity.

Further south along Highway 9, northeast of Mountain Cabin, a ditch fire was detected May 10th, was classed as out on May 11th and covered 3.5 hectares. Cause of the Highway 9 ditch fire has not been determined.

Second Active Fire East of Deschambault Lake

Aside from the English fire in Fort à la Corne Provincial Forest, there is only one other active fire in Saskatchewan as of publication time. A small fire started yesterday, May 10th, near Highway 106 just east of Deschambault Lake. Also deemed human caused, the 20DB-RESORT fire was last recorded at 0.5 hectare.

Throughout the province, Saskatchewan Wildfire has recorded 26 wildfires this year, much lower than the 5 year average of 85 fires by May 11 of the year. While the fire season has seen a late start, forecasts predict a high risk for fires this year.

Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News