Saskatchewan revokes provincial fire ban with rain and cooler temperatures

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has ended a fire ban as cooler temperatures begin to prevail in the province.

Steve Roberts, vice-president of operations, says the agency is revoking the fire ban because even though the number of wildfires is high, they are not as large in size.

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He says there are 161 active fires blazing in the province, which is an increase from the 137 reported fires on Friday.

Roberts says Saskatchewan has had 424 wildfires this year, which is double the provincial average and one of the highest counts in its 10-year history.

In British Columbia, wildfires continue to rage as the government says accommodations for evacuees in the province have become sparse.

The entire province of Alberta was put under a special air quality alert on the weekend due to smoke from the fires in B.C.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 19, 2021.

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