Saskatoon Fireplace Division’s grass hearth season kicks off early with a surge of blazes

The Saskatoon firefighters have been a little busier than usual when it comes to fighting grass and bushfires.

The weather this spring will have a major impact on the number of fires this year.

Continue reading:

A number of grass fires in the Edmonton River Valley are being investigated

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) said the weed fire season generally starts in late April or early May, but firefighters have been down for a few weeks.

“Well, we noticed some drought here early on. There is no snow cover, low groundwater and grasses and bushes are dry all over the city, ”said deputy chief Michael Robinson.

SFD unofficial figures say it participated in 12 grass and bush fires between April 1 and April 17, compared to one in the same period last year.

The story continues under the advertisement

Firefighters participated in a fire on 71st Street on April 26th and saw it flare up again the next day.


Click here to play the video:


2:35
Warm front arrives: April 28th Saskatchewan weather forecast


Warm Front Moves in: April 28th Saskatchewan Weather Outlook – April 28th 2021

A Global News meteorologist said it was because this year’s spring melt looked more like a spring evaporation.

Peter Quinlan noted that around 10mm of rainfall was collected at the airport last April and we have only seen 3.5 so far this year.

“Last year we actually had one of the coldest April on record. This led to a very gradual snowmelt throughout the area. This is more conducive to getting the water out of this snow into the ground, ”he added.

Quinlan said warm winds this year helped evaporate the snow very quickly, leaving the grass and soil lacking time to absorb moisture.

The story continues under the advertisement

Continue reading:

Firefighters in Winnipeg tackle the third “major” forest fire in two days

The current climate has resulted in several rural communities in the central and western central regions imposing fire bans.

Similar news

  • Mower blamed for grass fire near his home in South Okanagan

This includes the rural Corman Park community, which began banning it on April 7th.

Ralston said there are a couple of markings telling SFD whether grass fire conditions could be difficult. He calls it the 30-30-30 rule.

The first 30 are for temperature. If the temperature is 30 C or warmer, it could ignite a fire.

The second is the wind speed. Gusts of more than 30 km / h can help to push fires in different directions and make fighting more difficult.

The last 30 are for relative humidity. Also, when the relative humidity is around 30 percent or less, it will be more difficult to sustain a bushfire because there is less moisture in the air.

“Please be safe during hot activities in and around the city as the conditions are evident for these fires to get away from us and cause damage,” he added.

The story continues under the advertisement

May and June are generally two of the wettest months in Saskatchewan, but Quinlan said the province could see spring and summer drier than normal for 2021.

Similar news

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Comments are closed.