No ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy: Wildfire Management

By Glenn Hicks
October 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Roberts

Provincial wildfire officials said categorically there is no ‘let it burn’ policy in Saskatchewan. Indigenous leaders have been critical about a policy that, as they see it, compromises their Treaty right to fish and gather. They feel their resources are being left to the mercy of fires like the ones that got close to Pelican Narrows in September. There are also concerns about smoke compromising residents’ health. But Steve Roberts from Wildfire Management said every wildfire is tackled based on various priority criteria. “There is no ’let it burn’ policy in Saskatchewan,” Roberts said. “Every fire is assessed and every fire has decisions on actions to best manage it based on the threats it poses.” Roberts said human safety was the number one priority followed by communities and critical infrastructure as determined by the province.

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