Highway 106 reopened, Harding Fire contained

By Charlene Tebbutt
May 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

A fire burning north of Smeaton that closed a busy roadway has now been contained and the road is open again according to the province. 

A spokesperson from the provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure said Highway 106 is open and safe for travel. The highway was closed last Tuesday after a lightning strike caused a fire to break out next to the roadway. A 60 kilometre stretch of road was closed from Junction 55 north to Junction 120 at Narrow Hills Provincial Park after what was termed the Harding Fire started in the area.

The Harding Fire continues to burn north of Smeaton, but is now contained. Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment reports that the Harding Fire is currently 80 hectares in size and crews continue to work to put out the fire and any hot spots.

As of Monday, the province listed eight active fires burning across Saskatchewan. Five of those fires are currently contained.

A province-wide fire ban has now been lifted following rains last week.

 

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