Cattle died along a fence line near a back road southwest of Burstall, Sask., after a massive fire swept the area Oct. 17.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. still debating wildfire assistance

The Saskatchewan government is still weighing whether it will provide assistance to producers who lost animals and property in October’s wildfires. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said the province has already agreed to help pay for the burial of what is now estimated at 770 cattle killed or euthanized as a result of the fires in […] Read more

Some affected producers have said governments should step forward to help in the unusual circumstances of the fire and wind storm that occurred Oct. 17. In addition to the hundreds of cattle, miles of fences and other infrastructure and acres and tonnes of feed were lost. | William DeKay photo

Sask. still pondering wildfire response

The Saskatchewan government is still weighing whether it will provide assistance to producers who lost animals and property in October’s wildfires. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said the province has already agreed to help pay for the burial of what is now estimated at 770 cattle killed or euthanized as a result of the fires in […] Read more

Pete Neudorf, a volunteer fire fighter from the Burstall, Sask., fire department, stamps out stubborn hot spots in a shelterbelt southwest of the community, Oct. 18.  |  William DeKay photo

Wildfire damage ‘catastrophic’

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has launched a relief fund to help producers who lost feedstock and at least 750 cattle in last week’s wildfires. The livestock losses alone represent about $1 million. But kilometres of fences, acres of grass and thousands of bales are also gone after the fires that burned through areas from Tompkins […] Read more





Cattle died along a fence line near a back road southwest of Burstall, Sask., after a massive fire swept the area Oct. 17.  |  William DeKay photo

Several hundred head of livestock killed by wildfires

Assessments are still underway but Saskatchewan Agriculture is estimating at least several hundred head of livestock are dead as a result of the Oct. 17 fires. Grant Zalinko, executive director of the livestock branch, urged affected farmers and ranchers to contact the Farm Stress Line. “We’re receiving reports that approximately 400 animals have either perished […] Read more

Condolences are being extended by emergency personnel, politicians and many others upon the death of James Hargrave, a rancher in the Walsh, Alta., area who served on the local volunteer fire department and died fighting a blaze north of Hilda, Alta., on Tuesday night. | Screencap via www.youcaring.com/Sara Walker

Wind storm, wildfire aftermath in Alberta

Some evacuation orders remain in place at Coleman, Alta., where a wildfire continues to burn west of the Crowsnest Pass municipality and is still under a state of local emergency. Three other Alberta municipalities – Wheatland County, Medicine Hat and Acadia – ended their emergency declarations last night after high winds abated and wildfires had […] Read more

Hargrave, second from right, was a volunteer fire-fighter with the Walsh department and was killed when the water-tanker truck he was driving rolled on a grid road about 10 kilometres south of Burstall, Sask. | Photo via Twitter/Oniel Carlier

Volunteer firefighter, rancher dies fighting wildfire

James Hargrave, a 34-year-old rancher from Walsh, Alta., died yesterday while fighting the prairie wildfire near Hilda, Alta. Hargrave was a volunteer fire-fighter with the Walsh department and was killed when the water-tanker truck he was driving rolled on a grid road about 10 kilometres south of Burstall, Sask. RCMP say the accident occurred at […] Read more


Feeding will begin much earlier at Six Mile Ranch this fall after fire swept through stockpiled winter grazing acreage last week.
 | Facebook/Corinne Gibson photo

Dry conditions in Sask. set grass, fence lines, combine ablaze

Feeding will begin much earlier at Six Mile Ranch this fall after fire swept through stockpiled winter grazing acreage last week. “We have lost about 11 miles of fence and about 2,800 acres of grass ourselves,” said Clayton Gibson of the Red Angus operation at Fir Mountain, Sask. “Neighbours have lost probably another 800 acres […] Read more

The visitor's centre just outside the town has been burned to the ground, but the scenic Prince of Wales Hotel, an iconic structure that is a symbol of Waterton park, was reportedly intact as of noon today. | Photo via Twitter/Mark Dewsbery

Fire damages ranches in southwestern Alberta

Damage has been reported to farms and ranches on the perimeter of Waterton Lakes National Park as a wildfire continues to burn in southwestern Alberta. Residents in the region east and north of the park were evacuated last night and the area under mandatory evacuation was expanded twice as the fire doubled in size, fed […] Read more