11/06/2017 11:19 EST | Updated 11/08/2017 14:44 EST

Saskatchewan NDP wants aid to help ranchers who suffered losses in grass fires

REGINA — The NDP says the Saskatchewan government should use part of a $300 million contingency fund to assist ranchers who sustained losses in wildfires in southwestern Saskatchewan.

Opposition critic Carla Beck says producers suffered devastating losses and the government should help.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the province is helping to dispose of dead livestock and help animals injured in the blazes.

Stewart says most of the available programs generally do not cover insurable assets and most of the losses were insurable assets.

A wildfire near Burstall, Tompkins and Leader on Oct. 17 burned tens of thousands of acres of land and killed around 750 cattle, for an estimated loss of about $1 million.

A man died in single-vehicle collision and two men were injured fighting the wildfire near Tompkins.