The Ministry of Environment manages wildfires on more than 35.5 million hectares of provincial forest, mainly in northern Saskatchewan.
Managing a fire
The ministry assesses every wildfire and makes a decision about the best way to manage each fire considering many factors, including:
- what is threatened;
- firefighter safety;
- current and forecast weather;
- fire behaviour; and
- fuel types.
Wildfires that threaten human life and communities are always the government's top priorities, followed by critical public infrastructure, major industrial infrastructure, commercial timber, remote structures and natural resources.
Wildfire is a natural and essential ecological process in Saskatchewan's boreal forests. Healthy and vibrant forests are naturally renewed by fire, or through forest harvesting that mimics the patterns of natural fire. It is not always possible, or appropriate, to put out every wildfire. In these cases, the focus shifts to protecting what's important on the landscape while allowing wildfire to play its natural and beneficial role in the forest ecosystem.
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