We've been getting a little more moisture the last few days, but it's not enough to put firefighters at ease in rural municipalities around the area.

Crews from Hanna and the Special Areas were called to put out a ditch fire earlier this week south of Hanna.

"Conditions really haven't changed much at all on the fire side," admitted Rob Palmer, the Deputy Fire Chief for the Special Areas. "It dries up within a few hours the next day usually and once the grass is dead, it's dead; it won't be coming back this time of year, probably."

While the end of summer means reduced traveller numbers, and possibly fewer grass fires as a result, Palmer said it's another hazard they worry about at this time of year.

"The farming activity increases quite a bit this time of year, more equipment in the fields and stuff going on, so it increases the field fire hazard," he told Drum FM, noting many farmers now haul a water tank behind their equipment just in case.

"Actually, the last few weeks have been fairly quiet: hopefully that trend continues," he added. "September was very busy for us in Special Areas last year, so hopefully that doesn't carry over to this year."

The region is currently under fire restrictions, but gas or propane barbeques are permitted, as are fires contained in campfire facilities in designated camping areas unless specifically posted.

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