Extremely dry conditions across the prairies are causing some concerns and warnings about the potential for grassfires this spring.

Some fires have burned patches of grass, while others have been more severe.

A couple of weeks ago a grass fire north of Regina destroyed three homes.

SARM's President Ray Orb says some RM's have implemented fire bans.

"It's up to rural municipalities to put their own fire bans on," he said. "We are going to kind of watch that in the next few days. We are looking at maybe some precipitation coming through. It might be spotty, but it might cool things down a bit, and wet things down a bit, and hopefully that will alleviate that sort of risk."

With the grass so dry it doesn't take much right now to start a fire, from a lit cigarette butt that someone carelessly throws out a window to sparks from a train.

Orb says that farmers should contact their nearest fire department is they plan on burning flax straw.

"We know that some people have flax straw residue on their land that they weren't able to get rid of last fall," he said. "We are asking them to be really careful. They need to phone in and let their local fire department know that they are going to be burning flax straw, in case someone sees the fire, they don't send the fire truck."

Farmers burning flax straw before seeding should let neighbours know their plans, have a good fire guard in place and of course, monitor the weather and don?t burn on windy days.

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