Forest fire rages in northern Saskatchewan

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Posted: Jun 02, 2011 3:19 PM
Forest fire rages in northern Saskatchewan

The Canadian military has airlifted most of the 1,200 residents of two northern Saskatchewan communities as a forest fire rages nearby.

Steve Roberts, Saskatchewan's executive director of wildfire management, said Thursday that the fire has been spreading to the east, away from the communities in the Hatchet Lake reserve and Wollaston Lake. The communities are north of Saskatoon.

However the fire _ 15 square miles (40 square kilometers) in size _ continues to grow. It covered just one square mile (five square kilometers) Wednesday. The forest caught fire Monday.