An early morning fire is under control after it claimed an Eastside church Monday morning.
Saskatoon's Faith Baptist church on the corner of Munroe Avenue and Third Street East went up in flames just before 5 a.m.
Charlie Villanie lives in the house beside the church and called 911 when he was awoken by smoke filling his house.
"My daughter woke us up because she couldn't breathe," he said.
"Her back window faces the church and her room was just covered in smoke."
There has been plenty of rain this summer in Saskatchewan, but not enough in the north to keep forest fires in check.
The province had 60 wildfires burning in provincial forests as of Friday, bringing the total for the year to 336.
That is well ahead of last year's pace when the province had 245 at the start of August. Despite almost 100 more fires compared to last year Jenette Krayetski with the Ministry of Environment said it is not an above average year.
Provincial fire crews are experiencing a busy summer.
That's due mostly in part to a series of lightning and thunderstorms.
"We're above last year's numbers. We have 306 to date as compared to 244 at this time last year," said Provincial Wildland Fire Coordinator Brent Krayetski.
Investigators say the cause of a house fire on the 800 block of Queen Street in Regina Thursday afternoon was faulty electrical.
The fire started just above the back entrance to the house in the ceiling just before 4 p.m.
Firefighters opened up the roof just above the back door to get at the flames.
No one was in the house at the time of the fire, but firefighters did save one cat, three kittens, and one puppy from the burning building.
The damage to the house is estimated at $50,000.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.
A house fire on the 800 block of Queen Street in North Central Regina brought Fire Services, Police, EMS, and plenty of neighbours to the scene Thursday afternoon.
There was no fire visible in the small white house, but smoke was pouring out from around the chimney, and out of every crack and crevice in the roof.
Due to the house having a two-roof system the firefighters weren't able to get to the fire right away.
The recent rain has done very little to cool the forest fire situation in northern Saskatchewan, to date there are currently 50 forest fires burning in the province.
Brent Krayetski, a provincial wild fire coordinator with the Ministry of Environment, said seven of those fires are not contained but pose no threat to any communities.
He said the majority of the fires are around the La Ronge and Pelican Narrows areas.
“We will probably see some smoke in the area if the weather patterns bring it down from the north.
Regina Fire Services contained a fire in under an hour on the 1200 block of Rae Street Thursday night.
The call came in at 8:06 for a house on fire.
Officials say fire had managed to move in the soffit and up into the attic of the house.
The road was blocked off in front of the home while the firefighters worked.
They were able to contain the blaze before 9 p.m.
The property was vacant, neighbours said the tenants had been evicted a while before.
An investigator was on scene Thursday night.
Chief medical health officer Moira McKinnon is among those with the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan keeping an eye out on the smoke.
Smoke from forest fires in Northern Alberta are wafting this way. Earlier on Thursday, the air quality health index was showing moderate concern. But McKinnon says the system doesn't always capture smoke.
"It actually tends to underestimate in an accute event like in a forest fire," said McKinnon.
McKinnon says they're assuming the air quality is a little bit worse that what's recorded.
The smoky haze hanging over Saskatchewan today might not be dissipating any time soon.
"It might actually get worse tomorrow," said John Paul Cragg, Environment Canada's warning preparedness meteorologist for Saskatchewan.
"I'm looking at a model that shows that smoke could be closer to the ground tomorrow, so it could be a little hazier."
Air flows right now are keeping the smoke fairly elevated, but it could start to drop, he said.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with arson in the case of a Sutherland house fire.
The fire happened on the 200 block of Birch Crescent at about 5 p.m. July 7. There was about $400,000 in damage to two homes, but no one was injured.
Fire investigators determined that the blaze was deliberately set and the suspect was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon.
Police say the suspect and the homeowners know each other. He is set to appear in court this morning.