Update: Saskatchewan forest fires still burning

July 17, 2012 - 7:57am
Forest fire. File photo paNow
Forest fire. File photo paNow

The recent rain has done very little to cool the forest fire situation in northern Saskatchewan, to date there are currently 50 forest fires burning in the province.

Brent Krayetski, a provincial wild fire coordinator with the Ministry of Environment, said seven of those fires are not contained but pose no threat to any communities.

He said the majority of the fires are around the La Ronge and Pelican Narrows areas.

“We will probably see some smoke in the area if the weather patterns bring it down from the north.

These are fires that are burning in the La Ronge and Pelican Narrows area,” said Krayetski.
As for if we’ll see any more smoke from Alberta….

“That’s entirely up to the weather systems that we get. We’re going to experience some of the smoke from fires that we have here, and I’m sure that if the northwest wind persists we’ll get some more Alberta smoke also,” said Krayetski.

“The province did get some rain across the middle of the province from Meadow Lake over towards the Manitoba boarder. The north hasn’t experienced any, so anyone up there we want to urge to use caution and make sure any fires are extinguished before you leave them,” Krayetski said.