07/08/2015 14:30 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Soldiers head out to reinforce crews fighting wildfires in northern Saskatchewan

Soldiers are being deployed to reinforce crews fighting wildfires that are threatening communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Provincial officials say 360 troops will be busy today building fire guards and clearing brush near La Ronge and the Montreal Lake area.

Steve Roberts with Saskatchewan Wildfire Management says crews are making progress and better visibility has allowed aircraft to dump water on the flames.

The Lac La Ronge First Nation is also seeking volunteers to help fight the fires, including people who have been forced from the community.

Flames and thick smoke have forced an estimated 9,000 people from their homes in the province.

Wildfires are also burning in parts of British Columbia and northern Alberta.


The Canadian Press