Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan to Use Crop-Dusting Planes to Help Crews Fight Wildfires

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan to Use Crop-Dusting Planes to Help Crews Fight Wildfires

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New wildfire response program set for this summer

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Saskatchewan is looking to improve its response to wildfires by using commercial crop-dusting planes to assist fire-fighting crews on the ground.

The Government Relations Ministry, which will manage the program, says protocols are being finalized and should be ready by the summer.

The Ministry of Environment's aircraft will still be used to fight fires in northern Saskatchewan.

Crop-dusters are to be used in central and southern Saskatchewan.

The cost of deploying the planes will fall on the requesting organization.

Travis Karle, who owns Accumark Airspray operating mainly out of the Nipawin airport, says crop-dusters are efficient and fast.

Karle says he has been working with MLA Fred Bradshaw for the last few years to get the program in place. …

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