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Saskatchewan Forest Fire Doubles In Size

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- WOLLASTON LAKE, Sask. -- A forest fire that is threatening two northern Saskatchewan communities has doubled in size.

Environment officials say the blaze near Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake reserve covers more than 10 square kilometres.

It's burning at the edge of the town site, which is about 840 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Nearly all of the area's 1,400 residents have been airlifted to safety, but a handful remain to help with fire-fighting efforts.

The communities are only accessible by air at this time of year.

Smoke hampered evacuation efforts Wednesday and military aircraft -- four Griffon helicopters and three Hercules -- were brought in to help move people out.

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