The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has issued a provincial fire ban for all Crown lands. 

The fire ban extends to all provincial parks and provincial recreational sites effective at noon today. The ban covers all open fires, controlled burns and fireworks. This includes all land within 4.5 km of the provincial forestry boundary. The ban includes Buffalo Pound Provincial Park and the Lorne Calvert Campground in Wakamow Valley.

The ban is coming into effect due to the hot, dry conditions, high fire activity and high fire risk throughout the province. 

According to the provincial government, there were 73 wildfires burning in Saskatchewan as of 8 a.m. on Thursday. To date, there have been 302 wildfires, which is 91 more than the five-year average of 211. 

Nearly half of the wildfires in the province are caused by human activity and usually start in accessible areas near communities and roads. 

Anyone who spots a wildfire can call 1-800-667-9660 or dial 9-1-1. For the latest risk maps, fire prevention tips and an interactive fire ban map, visit the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s website.