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Sask lifts fire ban for northern areas

A fire ban that had been issued for all Crown lands, provincial parks and the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District north of Highway 16 has been lifted by the SPSA.

For areas immediately east of Lloydminster fire bans are still in effect. This includes Meadow Lake and stretching south through Cut Knife and east to areas like Battleford Provincial Park and Candle Lake.

Citing recent rainfall and cooler weather, the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is lifting the provincial fire ban which had been in place since May 16.

Some municipalities and provincial parks continue to experience a high fire risk, as the area north of Churchill did not get widespread heavy rains. Provincial parks in this area will potentially retain local fire or burn restrictions.

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The SPSA notes it is up to each municipality to rescind or modify a fire ban that has been issued at a local level. The SPSA continues to encourage all municipalities to examine the fire risk in their local area and reminds the public to practice fire safety.

Fire ban updates may be obtained from the municipal fire ban map and the latest fire risk map at saskpublicsafety.ca.

Anyone who spots a wildfire can call 1-800-667-9660, dial 911 or contact their closest SPSA Protection Area office.

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