The rural municipality and the town of Biggar, Sask., issued a state of emergency this morning after a large grass fire filled the area with smoke.
On Monday afternoon, RCMP delared the fire out of control and were evacuating the area between Highways 4 and 51, as well as Tower and Duperow Roads.
A shelter has been set up at the Biggar Community Hall so people with respiratory issues can have a place to breathe fresh air.
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Police have asked that members of the public avoid the fire zone and obey instructions from emergency responders.
People looking for help can contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-888-953-3463.
As of Friday, 17 rural municipalities across southern Saskatchewan and one village had issued fire bans.
Fire crews near Warman reported two large grass fires Monday night.
Last week, the provincial fire commissioner said a lack of rain had created dry conditions, and anyone doing any burning outside to take extra care.
This story originally appeared on CBC