Two forest fires burned near the community of Stanley Mission on Thursday

Two forest fires are burning near the community of Stanley Mission. (Karen Charles)

Saskatoon is preparing to welcome some 140 people from the La Ronge area who have been forced from their community due to heavy smoke from forest fires.

Two significant fires are burning around Stanley Mission, north of La Ronge. About 200 residents were staying in La Ronge because of the fires. On Thursday, officials they about 140 of them will now move to Saskatoon which has set up emergency shelter space at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre.

"The City of Saskatoon is ready and will do whatever is necessary to make the evacuees' stay in Saskatoon as comfortable as possible," the city's Cary Humphrey said in a statement.

The evacuees are expected to arrive late Thursday evening. The move was made because of concerns over smoke from the fires.

Gordon Hardlotte, from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band said Thursday the fire closest to the community is under control.

The second fire, across the lake, is not yet under control.