Yellow Creek Fire Department
Daniel Morton, Fire Chief
Kelvin Dutka, Deputy Fire Chief
The fire department operating out of the former Village of Yellow Creek is on a volunteer basis. The department also includes volunteer First Responders and has been able to maintain a minimum of 10 volunteers over the past 15+ years. The volunteers are local to the area, and we are proud of our response times to all emergencies.
Because the department is volunteer based, be sure you talk to your insurance provider to ensure you have coverage for this type of fire department.
Minimum call-out $1,000
Pumper Truck $350.00 per hour
Rescue Truck $250.00 per hour
Water Truck $250.00 per hour
Firefighter $35.00 per hour per firefighter
Municipal equipment such as Graders are charged at the current Custom Work rates.
The RM is in agreement with other municipalities to ensure adequate firefighting coverage to all residents and landowners.
Town of Kinistino provides firefighting coverage to all of Division 5, including Barney's Bay Resort and Struthers Lake Regional Park.
RM & Town of Birch Hills provides firefighting coverage to most of Division 6.
RM of Hoodoo mutual agreement for fire protection services.
The Yellow Creek Fire Department provides additional firefighting coverage to a portion of RM of Three Lakes.
In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and the operators will dispatch the appropriate emergency services.
Controlled Burns 1-866-404-4911
Sometimes you will need to burn grass, bush piles or stubble.
Please be sure you are well-prepared and that you have fire guards in place.
These "controlled burns" should also be reported to avoid dispatching firefighters unnecessarily.
1. Prior to starting a controlled burn, call 1-866-404-4911 (this number is answered 24/7 & 365 days/year). You'll be asked to provide the following information:
- What is your land location?
- What is your RM number? RM 430
- Who is your Fire Service Provider? Yellow Creek, Kinistino, Birch Hills (see above Fire Agreements as depending on which area you are in, different fire departments will respond)
- What are the location details?
- What are you burning?
- How long will your burn last?
- Your name and phone number.
2. Call 1-866-404-4911 to notify them once the burn is complete.
3. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not call in your burn and our Fire Department is dispatched by 911 you will be billed the minimum call-out fee above.
Burning Old Buildings
Wooden structures such as old houses, barns, sheds, etc can be burned in accordance with the Ministry of Environment to minimize the environmental impact of the burn.
The Clean Air Regulations prohibits the open burning of certain products that may be contained in building materials. Prohibited materials must be removed prior to burning.
Please read the references below from the Ministry prior to any burn to ensure compliance with all environmental regulations.
NOTE: the RM does not issue burn permits at this time.
From time to time, at the direction of the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief, the Council will issue a fire ban prohibiting all open fires. If you are planning a controlled burn, or any open fire, check the local notices page of our website or click the link below to go to Saskatchewan Fire Ban Map to make sure the RM isn't under a fire ban.
http://environment.gov.sk.ca/firefiles/MunicipalFireBans.pdf (updated daily)
Fire Ban Responsibility - Who Does What?
Learn more: https://www.saskpublicsafety.ca/
The Province has the authority to ban fires in:
- provincial forest;
- park land (e.g. Regional Park);
- vacant Crown land;
- every quarter section of land within 4.5 km of the boundaries of a provincial forest; and
- the Province does have the authority to ban fires in an RM, but this is not done often but rather by the individual RM based on individual conditions.
The RM has the authority to ban fires in:
- a portion or all land within the RM.