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Saskatchewan Fires: Pilot Takes Heart-Stopping Photos Of Inferno

07/08/2015 01:51 EDT | Updated 07/09/2015 09:59 EDT

Northern Saskatchewan is burning.

Despite valiant efforts by crews, wildfires are raging across the region. A seemingly unstoppable forest fire has come within 1.5 kilometres of the town of La Ronge and surrounded its airport on three sides.

Corey Hardcastle is working as a "bird dog" pilot, who guides water bombers in the air. He's also a photographer and captured these heart-stopping images of the devastating fires.

  • Roughly 113 fires are burning in the province.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • The largest fire is more than 85,000 hectares in size...
    Corey Hardcastle
  • ... bigger than the combined area of all 15 Saskatchewan cities.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • The La Ronge fire is one of the worst in Saskatchewan history.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • About 9,000 people have been evacuated from the region.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • Water bombers from Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador are helping out.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • Roughly 600 firefighters have been battling the northern blazes for nearly two weeks.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • About 600 soldiers from Edmonton have joined the fire-fighting efforts.
    Corey Hardcastle
  • Corey Hardcastle
  • So far this season, Saskatchewan has seen 582 wildfires compared to 210 in 2014.
    Corey Hardcastle

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