Highway 102 north of La Ronge has been closed due to the Eli fire.

Highway 2 south of La Ronge has been closed due to the Crysto fire.

NORTHERN FIRE UPDATE – Sunday, June 28 – 12:00 noon

Officials with the provincial government say the fire situation in northern Saskatchewan continues to be extreme, and no change is expected in the near future.

Since Saturday the Crysto fire near Weyakwin has moved closer to Highway 2 and has lead to a voluntary evacuation notice for Weyakwin, Ramsey Bay, Timber Bay and Montreal Lake.

Exact numbers are not known at this time but it is believed about 215 people have been moved out of the Montreal Lake area.

Highway 2 in the Weyakwin area was closed again Sunday morning.

How long it remains closed depends on the weather/fire situatio.

Communities north of La Ronge which were evacuated over the past few days remain under evacuation.

Several campgrounds which are part of Lac La Ronge Provincial Park also remain closed.

Provincial officials are advising people not to travel to the La Ronge area for camping and other outdoor activities.

The dry hot conditions are expected to continue for several days and it is likely that all Canada activities are northern parks will be cancelled.

The Town of La Ronge has not declared a local state of emergency but the Lac La Ronge Indian Band has.

On the west side of the province, fires continue burn in the area of Clearwater River Dene Nation and La Loche.

Buses have been sent to the community hall in La Loche and have been moving out residents with health concerns due to the smoke.

As of 11am Sunday, about 700 people from various communities in the north have been moved to hotels and other facilities in North Battleford, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Over 500 firefighters are working on the ground with another 80 expected to arrive from Ontario over the next two days.

Nearly 50 aircraft are being used to fight fires including 16 air tankers.

As well there are a number of helicopters which have been hired to assist in the fire fighting effort.