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Drought conditions that persisted since summer and warmer-than-average temperatures in Saskatchewan are raising fears of another significant wildfire season.

In a letter to the Public Safety Minister on Wednesday, the provincial NDP’s public safety critic Nicole Sarauer, environment critic Jared Clarke, and forestry critic Aleana Young sounded the alarm on the upcoming wildfire season and ongoing severe drought situation in the province.

“Past trends suggest that the second year of an El Niño cycle is hotter and drier, meaning the potential for wildfire could be greater in 2024,” the opposition said in the letter.

“Already, severe, and moderate drought conditions exist over much of northern Saskatchewan as of January 31, 2024. With very little snowpack in the boreal forest, conditions look extremely worrying.”

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Association (SPSA) says it expects that fire risk will be high leading into the spring and summer because of low precipitation and snow …

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