The government announced in its budget that fire teams will be reduced to four people from five.
Dustin Duncan says B.C. and Alberta also use smaller crews and he's confident there will still be effective service in northern Saskatchewan.
The crews build breaks and do other ground work to stop fires from growing.
The Opposition NDP says the cuts are dangerous.
New Democrat Buckley Belanger says it's expected to be a dry year in the North and the move will leave communities less protected.