Rain, Cool Weather Help Reduce Fire Numbers

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 12:18



Northern Saskatchewan fire activity is on the downswing.


Rain and cool temperatures have greatly reduced the number of blazes burning in the province.


On Friday 79 fires were reported, but over the weekend, that number fell.


Just 30 fires were reported yesterday, and just 26 have been reported today.


Saskatchewan Environment spokeswoman Val Nicholson says the number of lightning strikes appears to be down as well.


“Over the last 24 (hours), we’ve had no new fires reported, so that tells you that there’s much less lightning,” Nicholson says.


She adds the number of fires this year continues to stay ahead of last year’s count.


So far, 442 fires have burned in 2009 — 53 more than last year.