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Saskatchewan Fires: Pilot Takes Heart-Stopping Photos Of Inferno

A seemingly unstoppable forest fire has come within 1.5 kilometres of the town of La Ronge.

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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