Wildfires are continuing to threaten communities in northeastern Saskatchewan.
Thirty-four active fires are burning in the province with three considered not contained, all of which are in the vicinity of Pelican Narrows.
The communities of Jan Lake and Birch Portage have been completley evacuated with fires burning near-by.
Meanwhile the communities of Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay have been advised to evacuate, however the province says in excess of 1,000 residents have chosen to stay put for now.
Duane McKay, Commissioner of Emergency and Management and Fire Safety said those residents can now only leave at certain points of the day, if they decide to evacuate.
“When the fire is subsided a bit, typically early in the morning ans later in the evening, and when it is safe due to the work that crews are doing and Ministry of Highways people can leave during those times, we are piloting them through. In other words we will send a vehicle with them,” McKay said.
So far none of the communities affected by the fires have sustained any structural damage.
Smoke from the fires has also dispersed across much of the province Thursday, prompting Environment Canada to issue air quality advisories.
The province has also expanded it’s current fire bans to include all Crown Land, and all provincial parks and recreation sites south of the Churchill River to the U.S Border.
Pelican Narrows is located approximately 670 kilometers northeast of Regina.