A district director with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) says every farm needs to develop an emergency plan.
The October 17th wildfires burned an estimated 85,000 acres of pasture and hayland, as well as killing more than 750 cattle in the Burstall, Leader and Tompkins areas. The fire was spread by very strong wind and fuelled by extremely dry conditions.
Don Connick farms at Gull Lake, only 25 kilometres from Tompkins. Two of his neighbors are still being treated at a Calgary hospital for burns suffered fighting the blaze.
"Every (rural) municipality, town and village needs to have a feasible plan that is reviewed. People in the jurisdictions also have to be aware of that plan."
Connick will provide a first-hand account of the wildfires when he speaks on Wednesday at the APAS annual general meeting in Regina.
"I have been at prairie fires before, but this one was beyond that, it was a monster. It scared the dickens out of me"
The visibility was very low with dirt and sand getting in people's eyes. Connick says at times, ''onlookers'' hindered the efforts of firefighters and first responders.
"We had all sort of curious onlookers that drove there in their vehicles. It turned out that they congested roads and generally got in the way. In one case, they came close to becoming very seriously injured."
Connick adds all of the additional people using phones, texting and social media ended up creating an electronic overload on the cell towers.
APAS continues to call on the federal and provincial governments to use the AgriRecovery program to help farmers impacted by the wildfires.