Everyone from the Village of Turnor Lake in northwest Saskatchewan has been forced from their homes and a forest fire is now within a hundred meters of the village.

Earl Greyeyes of the provincial forest fire protection branch describes it as a "very, very serious situation."

"Everything that can be done is being done," said Greyeyes. "But as we speak the community is in danger."

Seven firefighters have stayed behind to run pumps and sprinklers to try and protect homes in the village.

Other ground crews have been pulled back from the fire because it's just too hot and dangerous.

Approximately five hundred people have been forced from their homes in the village and adjacent reserve. Most of them are at a shelter in Meadow Lake.

Greyeyes says all resources now are concentrated on trying to save the village.