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Sask. wildfire now larger than city of Saskatoon

The Fort a la Corne fire is now about 375 kilometres squared — larger than Saskatoon.

The Fort a la Corne fire is now about 375 kilometres squared — larger than Saskatoon

Madison Whitley photographed livestock near the Fort a la Corne fire on May 16, 2020. (Madison Whitley/Facebook)

The English fire in the Fort a la Corne forest is larger than the city of Saskatoon. 

The fire is burning in the forest as well as some farmland south of Highway 55 near communities such as Shipman and Smeaton, about 180 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

As of Tuesday, the fire covered 375 square kilometres. Saskatoon takes up 228 square kilometres.

On Wednesday morning, Environment Canada sent out an air quality advisory for a large area of the province, including Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Melfort, Wakaw and Tisdale.

The national weather service classified air quality on Wednesday as a moderate risk, and said people with lung conditions and heart disease should be cautious.

It said people may experience shortness of breath, increased coughing and throat irritation.

Winds are expected to blow much of the smoke toward north-central Saskatchewan on Thursday.

People have been sharing images and videos on social media. Madison Whitley shared these photos on Facebook.

Madison Whitley photographed children along the road near the Fort a la Corne fire on May 16, 2020. (Madison Whitley/Facebook)
Madison Whitley photographed the smoke coming from the Fort a la Corne fire on May 16, 2020. (Madison Whitley/Facebook)
Madison Whitley photographed the Fort a la Corne fire on May 16, 2020. (Madison Whitley/Facebook)
Madison Whitley said in a comment that the smoke made it hard to breathe at times near the Fort a la Corne fire. (Madison Whitley/Facebook)

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