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Fire bans in place in north-western Saskatchewan

Dry, windy conditions bad for grass fires
Reported by Geoff Smith
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More communities in north-western Saskatchewan are banning fires because of the dry, windy conditions.

Fires in the Rural Municipality of Medstead, an area north of the Battlefords, are banned until further notice. Rural municipality administrator Christin Egeland said the measure was put in place after a fire Tuesday.

"It's a little bit dangerous up there," she said.

A fire apparently claimed a house on the Saulteaux First Nation, she said.

"Out fire ban has been put in place today because it's too dry out there and we want to have fire ban until further notice," Egeland said.

Now the Sweetgrass First Nation as well as the nearby Rural Municipality of Cut Knife and Rural Municipality of Buffalo have banned fires, and the Village of Metoa and Resort Village of Metinota, near Jackfish Lake, has an outdoor fire ban in place.