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Biggar 'safe' after grassfire in Sask. community

April 23, 2019

A state of emergency was declared in the town of Biggar and the Rural Municipality of Biggar, due to smoke and poor air quality, according to Saskatchewan’s emergency alert system.

There is no confirmation yet on what caused the fire, which is moving away from the area thanks to a change in wind direction, according to Jeanne-Marie de Moissac, reeve of the rural municipality of Biggar. De Moissac also added there have been no injuries and no buildings have burned.

Farmers in the affected area have been using their machinery to create fire breaks to stop the advancing flames. De Moissac said water bombers are expected to attack the blaze, but she fears that a number of rural properties are still under threat.

“Anything that can fight this fire, they’ve brought it to the fire,” de Moissac said.