“Recent projections from Natural Resources Canada (NRC) are painting a stark picture of wildfire risk on the Prairies this year.

NRC “severity anomaly” forecasts show a prediction of “well above average” wildfire risk throughout nearly all of Saskatchewan in June. The organization then predicts the risk to remain at least “above average” in most of the province throughout the summer. The forecasts are made by comparing Environment Canada weather forecasts against 30-year averages.

NRC Wildland Fire manager Brian Simpson said dry forecasts, a low amount of winter snowfall and climate change all amounted to the risk. “It’s just a generally warmer climate now. It’s hotter than it used to be, which dries out the forest more.”

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