There are helicopters and air tanker support, heavy equipment and over 60 personnel directly involved in the forest fire fight west of Prince Albert and south of the village of Holbein.
Steve Roberts, executive director of Wildfire Management with the Ministry of Environment, says the Rally Fire began on Saturday night.
He estimates it’s about 15-hundred hectares, which sounds large, but Roberts says he has heard the comparison that the fire would actually fit inside the City of Prince Albert.
Residents in the hamlet of Crutwell, about 24 kilometres west of Prince Albert, are being asked to evacuate and head to the Shellbrook Senior Hall in Shellbrook.
It’s expected the fire was human caused because there was no lightning in the area.
Roberts reports 142 fires so far this season with the 5 year average at 81.
He says it was a later start to the year with snow late in the season, but then it was a quick melt with not much rain and lots of wind.
There are 14 active fires in Saskatchewan right now, with 3 not contained.