With all the dry weather Weyburn and the surrounding area has been experiencing it makes us wonder if a fire ban will be put into place.
"The province has declared that the Weyburn and surrounding area fire risk is mild to moderate right now," says Weyburn Fire Chief Simon Almond. "That's mainly due to the size of our crops, our crops haven't come to full head yet and they're not drying off"
Although, Weyburn is in mild to moderate condition there are areas of the province that are at more severe fire risk. Monitoring and communication is key when it comes to placing these fire bans.
"We've had discussions with our R.M. partners that there is no need for them to put on a fire ban just yet," added Chief Almond. "We find that people in the rural areas are very fire conscience anyway and those are the people that we worry about in regards to wildfires and things like that."
As the year progresses we could see a change in this status. Chief Almond, as well as other fire chiefs in the province, are constantly discussing and updating the fire risk situation.
Whether there is a fire ban in rural areas depends on the R.M.
- The R.M. of Brokenshell implemented a fire ban Friday, July 14th afternoon due to dry conditions.
- Mainprize Regional Park has placed an immediate fire ban within the entirety of the park Monday, July 17th.