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Fire pits have been banned at provincial parks for the Labour Day weekend. The R.M. of North Battleford has followed suit and issued a fire ban in the city until further notice.
Fire pits have been banned at provincial parks for the Labour Day weekend. The R.M. of North Battleford has followed suit and issued a fire ban in the city until further notice. Roger White/battlefordsNOW Staff

Fire ban in place in R.M. of North Battleford

By Roger White
August 31, 2017 - 2:54pm

With 34 wildfires currently burning in Saskatchewan, including three that have forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from Pelican Narrows, the North Battleford Fire Department has announced a fire ban in the R.M. of North Battleford effectively immediately.

A special air quality warning has been issued for the Battlefords and Meadow Lake areas.
A special air quality warning has been issued for the Battlefords and Meadow Lake areas. Roger White/battlefordsNOW Staff

Special air quality advisory issued

By By Roger White
August 31, 2017 - 7:28am Updated: August 31, 2017 - 8:21am

It’s going to be another smoky, hazy day in area and it could stay that way until the weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality warning for areas surrounding the Battlefords, Meadow Lake, Unity and Prince Albert.

Seven-year-old Sophie Maunula enjoyed looking at Monday's partial eclipse through their homemade viewing box.
Seven-year-old Sophie Maunula enjoyed looking at Monday's partial eclipse through their homemade viewing box. Facebook/Amanda Maunula

Locals marvel at solar eclipse

By Roger White
August 22, 2017 - 10:04am Updated: August 22, 2017 - 12:28pm

Whether it was online or in the great outdoors, thousands of Battleford and Meadow Lake residents witnessed the first solar eclipse seen in Canada since 2014.

The partial eclipse will be exciting to see on Monday morning but it will bring hazards according to one local optometrist.
The partial eclipse will be exciting to see on Monday morning but it will bring hazards according to one local optometrist. Roger White/battlefordsNOW Staff

Warnings for those viewing Monday's partial eclipse

By Roger White
August 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

While many will be looking to the skies on Monday to catch a glimpse of the first partial eclipse visible in North America since 2014, a local optometrist said there are risks involved.

Smoke from the B.C wild fires have prompted Environment Canada to issue a Special Air Quality advisory.
Smoke from the B.C wild fires have prompted Environment Canada to issue a Special Air Quality advisory. file photo/Canadian Press

Environment Canada issues Air Quality Statement

By battelfordsNOW Staff
August 14, 2017 - 12:14pm

Smoke from the recent B.C. forest fires has spread into the western parts of Saskatchewan prompting Environment Canada to issue an Air Quality Statement that includes the Battlefords and surrounding area.

The smoke could cause poor air quality and reduced visibility in some areas.

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