The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) issued a provincial fire ban taking effect at noon (12:00 pm) on Thursday, July 11.  

Crown lands and provincial parks, provincial recreation sites and the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District are affected. 

Open fires, controlled burns and fireworks, also includes all land within 4.5 km of the provincial forest boundary. 

The ban, which covers any open fires, controlled burns and fireworks, also includes all land within 4.5 km of the provincial forest boundary. 

The SPSA encourages all other municipalities, rural municipalities and communities to examine the fire risk in their area. 

 As of 8 a.m., there are 73 wildfires burning in the province. To date, Saskatchewan has had 302 wildfires, which is 91 more than the five-year average of 211 . 

Anyone who spots a wildfire can call 1-800-667-9660, dial 9-1-1 or contact their closest SPSA Forest Protection Area office. 

People can find the latest fire risk maps, fire prevention tips and an interactive fire ban map at saskpublicsafety.ca.