Wildfires spark in dry weather

A wildfire in the RM Of Buckland was brought under control on April 7, 2021. The SPSA says it was human-caused. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and RM of Buckland Fire & Rescue crews helped to contain a wildfire burning northwest of Prince Albert Wednesday.

The fire, located just off Whitfield Road, was about 7.9 hectares as of press time and was classified by the provincial agency as contained and under control.

SPSA responded with four emergency response team members, one firebase supervisor and three fire units on Wednesday, with two firebase supervisors on-site to watch hotspots Thursday.

Buckland Fire and Rescue responded with an engine, rapid response and three tankers. Shellbrook Fire also responded to the call.

The fire was listed as human-caused.

Wednesday also saw a grass fire spark at about 1:30 p.m. 15 miles east of the city.

Crews found an unoccupied farmyard with multiple buildings on fire and about 80 acres of farmland and bush burning.

Crews were on the scene for about six hours, containing the fire to prevent further damage to land and additional structures.

The property owner helped to plough a fireguard around the property to help contain the fire.

The Prince Albert Fire Department said the fire was caused by the failure of SaskPower electrical equipment on the property. No one was injured.

In a statement, the SPSA said that while it is prepared to respond to wildfires and grass fires due to the dry conditions, they encourage residents to “take every precaution possible” to prevent them.

Anyone planning on burning within 4.5 km of a provincial forest is urged to practice safe burning, obey fire bans and receive approval from the SPSA at 1-800-667-9960