Buffalo Pound Provincial Park Now Has Fire Restrictions

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If you are thinking about having a fire when you head out to the lake to go camping you are going to have to consider other plans.

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is now on the list of provincial parks and recreation areas where open fires are no longer allowed.

Self-contained, CSA-approved portable gas heating devices and fire pits, barbecues, pressurized stoves and charcoal briquettes will be permitted for cooking and heating purposes at park discretion for the duration of this ban. The campfire restriction order will stay in place until conditions improve and the restrictions are lifted.

Fire restrictions are in place in the following provincial parks and recreation sites:

  • Blackstrap Provincial Park

  • Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

  • Douglas Provincial Park

  • Danielson Provincial Park

  • Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park

  • Greenwater Lake Provincial Park

  • Meadow Lake Provincial Park

  • Makwa Lake Provincial Park

  • Pike Lake Provincial Park

  • Porcupine Hills Provincial Park

  • Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park

  • Beatty Recreation Site

  • Beaver Cowan Recreation Site

  • Besant Recreation Site

  • Bronson Forest Recreation Site

  • Coldwell Recreation Site

  • Cowan Dam Recreation Site

  • Elbow Harbor Recreation Site

  • Lovering Lake Recreation Site

  • Pagan Lake Recreation Site

  • Steele Narrows Recreation Site

If you see a fire Tourism Saskatchewan asks you call 1-800-667-1788 and report it on the 24 hour hotline and in an emergency call 911.

The fire bans are also now in effect for the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw and the Municipality of Baildon.

Meanwhile the City of Moose Jaw’s fire ban continues.

Fire Chief Rod Montgomery said the ban will continue for the forseeable future due to the dry and hot conditions.

“We had a very dry month of May and now we are into June,” Chief Montgomery stated, adding “the weather is drying out any type of vegetation…it is a concern for us.”

Despite the fire ban there has been a “couple of incidents where we have attended. But other than a couple of calls where we attended but once asked to the people complied and put the fire out there was no arguing…everybody was complying once they were made aware of the ban,” Chief Montgomery said.

“We are not seeing fires in some of the areas we had concerns about.”

Under the ban in the City of Moose Jaw fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and briquet barbecues are not allowed. People may however use propane or gas barbecues and outdoor heaters during the ban.

The hot and dry weather is also a concern for the Moose Jaw Home Town Fair.

For the fair it is not only about the chance of fire but also the economic impact the hot and dry conditions can have on the event. Farmers and ranchers are less apt to spend money with the weather being so dry.

Asked if the weather conditions could have an effect on the Hometown Fair’s bottom line Moose Jaw Exhibition Company general manager George Fowler said there was the potential if there is no rain and crops and livestock suffer.

“I think so, this would be my theory people are very concerned about how dry it is and we need rain to help people feel confident about spending money. Farmers and ranchers are important to the community. We need rain,” Fowler said.

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