06/30/2015 14:04 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 01:12 EDT

More than 3,000 people evacuated from northern Saskatchewan due to fires, smoke

Wildfires and hazardous smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan.Emergency officials say they expect more evacuations throughout the day.Fires and smoke have been threatening communities near La Ronge and La Loche since late last week.Many evacuees are staying in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.Premier Brad Wall is in Prince Albert at the provincial fire centre, which says there are currently 108 fires burning in the province.There are have been 522 fires so far this season, compared to the average of 150 at this time of year.