Fire crews enjoy slow start to wildfire season, but brace for hot, dry summer – Saskatchewan

A fairly wet spring has meant fewer wildfires than normal on the Prairies.

Saskatchewan has had about 65 wildfires, well below the province’s five-year average of about 120 by this time.

‘We’re prepared to tackle whatever fire season is put in front of us.’
– Steve Roberts, Saskatchewan wildfire management

Alberta is reporting about 220 wildfires, compared to more than 500 by this time last year. 

“This spring, we’ve received a lot more rain, we’ve had a lot more moisture — so it’s been a lot wetter of a spring,” wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather said from inside Alberta’s wildfire command centre in Edmonton. 

Alberta wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather is happy to see a wet season but says crews are prepared for a hot, dry summer. (CBC)

Fire fuels such as grasses, shrubs and twigs aren’t as dry and don’t catch fire as easily.

Most of the wildfires so far have required an immediate response from either crews on…

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