Human activity is being blamed for a wildfire that continued to burn south of Prince Albert Thursday.
The fire, which started early Wednesday afternoon near Macdowell, had grown in size by Thursday to nearly 150 hectares. Thats about 1.5 square kilometres, which is five times the size of Prince Albert's Cooke Golf Course, or slightly larger than Saskatoon's downtown.
Residents of Slave Lake have been evacuated due to wildfires taking over.
Approximately, 7,000 residents were ordered to evacuate the town on Sunday after fire spread into the town.
The RCMP estimate about 30 per cent of the town's homes and buildings are gone, including Town Hall, the hospital and radio station.
Firefighters are being sent in from as far away as Ontario to help battle the blaze.
If you are trying to reach friends or family in Slave Lake, contact 1-780-523-3388.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.
A house fire in Regina's north end Monday morning has claimed the life of a 75-year-old man who was living in the home.
Investigators say the fire was accidental and can be "attributed to the use of smoking material while in the use of oxygen therapy."
Fire crews responded to the home on the corner of Broad Street and 3rd Avenue North. They battled the fire while trying to rescue the resident. Another person living in the home was apparently outside mowing the lawn when the blaze broke out and was not hurt.
It’s been 17 years since Larry and Evelyn L’Heureux bought the Flying Goose Inn in LaFleche, and on Tuesday evening it burned down in just a few hours.
At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, someone in the building noticed the smell of smoke wafting in the restaurant. After inspecting the kitchen, smoke was discovered on the smoker’s deck outside. The waitress on staff called 911, but it didn’t take long for the building to go up in flames.
Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services' investigation of an early morning fire indicates that the fire may have been intentionally lit.
Just before 1 a.m. Monday, dispatchers received a call reporting heavy smoke coming out of a home on Avenue Q South.
When crews arrived, they found the fire at the back of the building and got it out quickly. Luckily they discovered the building itself was only full of smoke.
Nobody was found inside.
The fire is still under investigation and damage is estimated at $40,000.
Six communities outside of Saskatoon have stepped up their emergency preparations.
People from the Dalmeny, Langham, Warman, Martensville, Osler and Hepburn fire departments received special training for how to respond to building collapses.
"The training helped in the comfort level (for us) - what would need to be done, who we'd need to call and how to mitigate the incident. I think that's improved drastically," said Dalmeny fire chief, Rick Elder.
But with the dry weather we've had lately, there is added danger in lighting those backyard fires.
A series of grass fires Wednesday afternoon has the fire department concerned once again about trains passing through the area north of Regina.
Three separate grass fire calls were received by Fire and Protective Services within the span of about an hour early in the afternoon. The largest ran for well over a kilometre along CP Rail train tracks north-east of the weigh station on Highway 11 north of the city. The long-ranging fire produced heavy smoke that could be seen for some distance, leaving behind charred, black grass in the ditches alongside the tracks.