Wildfire consumes North Battleford tree farm crop

By battlefordsNOW Staff
April 29, 2016 - 6:56am

As spring conditions become drier and drier, wildfires remain a real concern in the province.

A fire Thursday on the outskirts of northwest North Battleford consumed a large portion of the spruce tree crop at a local tree farm. Firefighters were able to control the blaze and keep it from spreading to buildings, but a number of hay bales were lost. The fire scorched grass and a stubble field, as well.

The North Battleford Fire Department responded to the alarm shortly before 4 p.m. Battlefords RCMP and WPD Ambulance were also called to the scene. Nobody was injured in the fire.

The Battlefords are on the western edge of a large area of extreme fire risk. The area includes Wilkie and Biggar, moves east through the Saskatoon area to Duck Lake and Shellbrook, and wraps north of Meadow Lake to also include Loon Lake.

Weather conditions were dry and breezy Thursday. Environment Canada’s seven-day forecast did not include any rain to come.

 

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