Sask. has the largest “extreme fire hazard” area in the country: Natural Resources Canada
Saskatchewan leads the country in terms of area considered to be at “extreme fire risk,” according to a map generated by Natural Resources Canada.
At 12 p.m. CST as of Tuesday, most of the province was at extreme fire risk.
The affected area covered most of southern and central Saskatchewan and much of the north.
By noon, most of the province’s 129 active wildfires were in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District, particularly in the northeast.
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency said there were 18 fires that crews were trying to contain, but were expected to worsen.
Latest smoke-related evacuations
A Canadian Red Cross official in Saskatchewan said that as of noon Tuesday the organization was helping 150 new priority medical evacuees from Grandmother’s Bay and Hall Lake who left for La Ronge and Prince Albert over the weekend. because of smoke from forest fires.
Most of the 1,800 estimated evacuees forced to leave their homes in the north of the province last month had since returned home.
Air quality in parts of the center and south was also affected by the fires on Tuesday.
As of noon, residents of Prince Albert had already seen conditions considered to be a “very high risk” to human health, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Air Quality Health Index.
Meanwhile, the air quality in Regina on Tuesday morning was sometimes considered “high risk”.
Fire restrictions left to municipalities, parks
As of noon Tuesday, there was no province-wide fire ban in Saskatchewan, but more than 200 rural, urban and provincial parks had restrictions.
There was also a ban on fires in Grasslands National Park, but not in Prince Albert National Park.
On Monday, Winnipeg-based Weatherlogics reported that at least 22 Saskatchewan communities experienced one of the five hottest July on record. Weatherlogics compiles and analyzes figures from government weather stations.
For Hudson Bay, Wynyard and Last Mountain, the past month was the hottest July ever, the company said.
Meanwhile, Weatherlogics said at least 10 Saskatchewan communities experienced one of the five driest July on record, including Prince Albert, Melfort and Nipawin, which experienced their driest July on record. all the time.
Saskatoon had its fourth warmest July and eighth driest, he said.
The company said last month was the hottest July 5th and July 25th the driest for Regina.