May 24, 2016
PROVINCIAL FIRE BAN LIFTED, RESTRICTIONS REMAIN FOR SOME PROVINCIAL PARKS
The Ministry of Environment, in consultation with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Government Relations, has lifted the ban on open fires for all Crown forest north of the Churchill River and the west side of the commercial forest. Recent rainfall over much of the province has reduced wildfire hazards sufficiently to allow lifting the provincial ban.
All burn notification numbers, issued to those planning to burn in or within 4.5 kilometres of provincial forests and revoked during the ban, are reinstated effective immediately.
Fire bans for the area administered by the Northern Municipal Services Branch of the Ministry of Government Relations, including northern settlements and resort subdivisions, and for Prince Albert National Park have also been lifted.
The change in weather has also improved conditions at several provincial parks and recreation sites, and fire restrictions have been rescinded for the following parks: Athabasca Sand Dunes, The Battlefords, Candle Lake, Clearwater River and Lac La Ronge.
Other areas are still very dry, however, and campfire restrictions will stay in place for Good Spirit Lake, Makwa Lake and Meadow Lake provincial parks, and Bronson Forest and Chitek Lake recreation sites. Open fires are prohibited in these locations. Self-contained portable gas heating devices and fire pits, barbecues, pressurized stoves and charcoal briquettes will be permitted for cooking and heating purposes at park discretion for the duration of the ban.
For a complete list of all parks and recreation sites affected by fire restrictions, visit www.saskparks.net/FireBan2016.
Some municipalities may still have fire bans still in place so check with your local municipal authority to find out if burning restrictions apply in your location.