A number residents of Fond du Lac are being evacuated due to smoke concerns from a nearby fire.

The smoke is coming from a fire burning out of control by Lake Athabasca – about a kilometre away.

The first evacuation flights were scheduled for early Saturday afternoon for the elderly, young children and those with breathing difficulties.

The next round of flights will leave at 4:00 p.m.

It is expected evacuees will be taken to Prince Albert.

Anyone contacted by the priority evacuation list is asked to make their way to the airport.

For more information or if you need a lift to the airport, contact Victor Fern at 306-686-2003 or 306-686-2076.

For information in Prince Albert, contact Willie John Laurent at 306-961-0566.

About 1,000 people live in the community of Fond du Lac.