Extremely dry conditions exist in several areas of Saskatchewan. As a result, there has arisen the potential risk for fires to start from the use of vehicles. In light of the numerous wildfires that occurred last year, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) are asking hunters to take extra precautions as the hunting season gets underway in the southern part of the province and other high risk areas.
“We know that the vast majority of hunters take every step to ensure that they leave nothing but footprints when they hunt. However, the recent warm weather and the ever-present possibilities of high winds provide the ideal conditions for uncontrolled wildfires.” says Darrell Crabbe Executive Director of the SWF.
“We encourage all hunters to take extra precautions this hunting season with the increased risk of fires. These precautions include carrying a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, gaining permission from landowners before going on their property, avoiding unnecessary vehicle idling, and always staying on existing trails and roads.” Adds Chad MacPherson, General Manager of the SSGA.