05/06/2016 09:54 EDT | Updated 05/07/2017 01:12 EDT

Saskatchewan government donates to Red Cross for Fort McMurray fire victims

REGINA — Saskatchewan is donating $250,000 to the Red Cross in Alberta to help people who have been displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Premier Brad Wall says people in his province know what it's like to experience destructive forest fires and what they do to families and communities.

Wall adds Saskatchewan also has dry conditions, so officials will need to balance sending firefighting resources to Alberta with the province's own needs.

The Fort McMurray fire has burned through 1,000 square kilometres and displaced upwards of 80,000 people.

Last year, three wildfires in northern Saskatchewan forced thousands of people living in La Ronge to flee.