Sask. fire ban extended

Saskatchewan has extended its fire ban due to continuing extreme fire risk. A ban has been in place in some areas since Aug.1. As of Aug. 31, open fires are prohibited in all provincial parks and recreation sites and on all provincial Crown land south of the Churchill River all the way to the US […] Read more

Fire destroys large bale stack near Outlook, Sask.

More than 1,000 round hay bales were destroyed near Outlook, Sask., Friday afternoon after overheated hay combusted. The Outlook Fire Department responded to the call at the Ontario Dehy cube processing plant about 4:40 p.m. The Macrorie and Conquest fire departments also responded with pumpers and brush fire apparatus. Crews worked throughout the night, and […] Read more

Reporting fire doesn’t result in liability for costs

Hazel Morris wants to dispel a myth. The Neudorf, Sask., area resident is miffed that a couple of large fires on her pastureland last year could have been contained sooner had people called 911. Morris claims that the fires were made worse because people didn’t call the emergency number for fear of being held financially […] Read more

Producers numb after fire destroys grain elevator

The skyline of Turtleford, Sask., was quickly changed on a windless night after fire destroyed one of the village’s two remaining wooden grain elevators Nov. 29. The 144,000 bushel storage was built in 1990 and sold in 2002 to Blair and Sherry McDonald, who farm near Turtleford. Blair McDonald said red flags went up for […] Read more

VIDEO: Turtleford grain elevator destroyed by fire

What was once the old Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator in Turtleford, Sask., burned to the ground last night. Turtleford RCMP closed Highway 26, which runs adjacent to the elevator, just before 11 p.m. and it is believed the fire started shortly after 10. Highway 26 was re-opened shortly after 5 a.m. though fire crews remained […] Read more

Hog barn fire ‘could have been much worse’

The cause of this fire has not been determined, but here are some preventive tips:

A hog farm north of Leroy, Sask., is redistributing its stock after a June 18 inferno demolished two barns. The structural fire killed about 4,500 pigs after nearly 30 firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours. “The neighbour across the road reported it and then called me, so I was first on site,” […] Read more

Fire in the pit

A tractor fire broke out at the Webton Dairy Farm near Alma, Ont., recently. The tractor was over a manure pit and nobody was injured and there was no other damage reported. The image, taken by Sharon Grose, has been entered in a photo contest sponsored by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. To vote, […] Read more

Sask. wildfire threat update

Wildfire management in Saskatchewan is at its highest alert level because of the hot and dry weather across the province. Steve Roberts, the executive director of wildfire management in Saskatchewan, provided a wildfire threat update on May 22, 2015. “We’ll give you a general overview. We’re looking at across the province humidities less than 20 […] Read more

Fiery explosion puts kibosh on combining

James Zimmer was combine shopping last week after his old one blew up. The fiery scene, which occurred in the Zimmer family’s farmyard near Major, Sask., Sept. 6., destroyed the machine with flames and explosions hot enough to melt aluminum. “It was a close call.… The flames were probably 50 feet in the air,” Zimmer […] Read more

Grass fire leaves blackened reminder of its rage

The wind was gusting to 110 km/h Sept. 10 in southern Alberta when Kevin Serfas got a phone call from one of his custom combining crews. The crew chief had shut down operations at 12:30 that day over fears the machines might start a fire that couldn’t be stopped. Serfas, who farms 40,000 acres on […] Read more