Saskatchewan ready for Fort McMurray wildfire to reach border

By CJME News Staff
May 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

Saskatchewan is ready for when the Fort McMurray wildfire reaches the province's border.

On Monday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said that the wildfire had grown to more than 3,500 square kilometres - nearly the size of Prince Albert National Park - as it nears the Saskatchewan border.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the fire was about five kilometres from the border.

The Saskatchewan government says while the fire is expected to reach the border, it's difficult to know exactly when that could be. When it does reach the border, it will still be more than 40 kilometres from any Saskatchewan community.

There are also a number of lakes in the area where the fire will enter Saskatchewan - something that will likely help firefighters trying to battle the blaze.

Saskatchewan crews are already helping fight the Fort McMurray fire in Alberta. 

As of Monday, there were seven wildfires burning in Saskatchewan. So far this year, there have been 146.


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