Prairie River Forest Fire Was Caused by Lightning

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2020)

The wildfire in the forest northeast of Prairie River, SK has been listed by Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Wildfire Management as caused by lightning.

The fire, which started on June 13th, was mapped using GPS data on March 15th at 294.1547 hectares (726.872 acres) and, as of Wednesday June 17th, is still listed at only 296 hectares. Wildfire Management had updated the status of the fire to Contained, meaning “Suppression action is taking place and the fire is not expected to grow in size.” Though as of Friday June 19th, the status had been changed to Ongoing Assessment, which means,”The fire is being monitored regularly to assess risk to values in the area

Other Fires in the Province

According to the last update by Saskatchewan Ministry of Enviroment Wildfire Management, at 10:46 AM, Friday, June 19, 2020, two other fires are active in the province.

20PA-NISBET01, the fire northwest of Prince Albert, SK, is still classed as Ongoing Assessment and the estimated size remains at 44.4 hectares

The third one, 20LX-CLFN01, is a small 0.3 hectare fire, classed as Contained and is located just south west of Jans Bay.

To date, Saskatchewan has seen 67 wildland fires in 2020, down considerably from the 5 year average of 205 fires.

Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News