A forest fire is burning close to the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche.

According to the province's environment ministry, the fire is about 1.5 kilometres away from the community.

On Thursday night officials closed the highway into La Loche for a few hours.

The main problem, officials say, is smoke from the fire.

"But if the wind does switch on us it will cause more issues for La Loche," Brent Krayetski, from the ministry, said Friday. "You know, smoke issues or even ember transfer into the community. So we're hoping the wind stays in our favour today."

La Loche, SKLa Loche is about 516 km. north of Saskatoon

Water bombers and heavy equipment are working to contain the fire.

Investigators are also looking into what may have sparked the fire.

Krayetski said 16 fires started up Thursday in Saskatchewan's, most were caused by lightening strikes.