A large flame will be popping up in the RM of Whiska Creek over the next two days, however, no need to worry as SaskEnergy is just performing some maintenance.

The controlled natural gas flaring will be at SaskEnergy's block valve site about 10 kilometres northwest of Ponteix.

Flaring is a regular practice for maintenance according to Alana Johnson, the director of strategic communications with SaskEnergy.

"It's necessary when we want to work on our system," she said. "We have to isolate a section of the pipe from the rest of the system and then we need to clear it so we can do the maintenance. That's when we use the flaring which is a controlled burn."

SaskEnergy states this common process decreases the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent.

The flame coming from a temporary stack could reach up to 40 feet at times and will happen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

"Oftentimes they don't," she said. "It just depends on how much gas is being removed from the system at that time."

SaskEnergy has notified the RM of Whiska Creek and the local fire department.

"It can look like a pretty significant flame coming out," she said. "Safety is paramount for us so we always have supervision in the area."