Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires

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Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires
A haze rest along the Minneapolis skyline from the view of Ridgeway Parkway Park, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expand its air pollution warning due to smoke from wildfires in Canada. The expanded area includes the Twin Cities. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP) 
Carley Wentworth, right, of Bolan, and Bo Miller, of Kensett, ride horses in rural Worth County on Monday, July 6, 2015. A large plume of smoke from wildfires in Canada has drifted into North Iowa causing a dense haze across the area. Air quality advisories have been issued. (Arian Schuessler/Globe-Gazette via AP)
A man swims in English Bay as smoke from wildfires across the province fills the air in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday July 6, 2015. A heavy blanket of stagnant grey haze settled over British Columbia's south coast as winds push smoke south from the many forest fires burning across the province. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) 
A woman changes after sunbathing at English Bay Beach as smoke from wildfires across the province fills the air in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday July 6, 2015. A heavy blanket of stagnant grey haze settled over British Columbia's south coast as winds push smoke south from the many forest fires burning across the province. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Carley Wentworth, left, of Bolan, and Bo Miller, of Kensett, ride horses in rural Worth County on Monday, July 6, 2015. A large plume of smoke from wildfires in Canada has drifted into North Iowa causing a dense haze across the area. Air quality advisories have been issued. (Arian Schuessler/Globe-Gazette via AP)

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket the Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, July 5 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, July 5 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, July 5 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, July 5 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

A nearly-full moon ascends in the evening sky behind a steeple atop the Oconomowoc City Hall building in Oconomowoc, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015. Drifting smoke trails from wildfires in Canada have resulted in hazy, orange-tinged morning and evening skies in parts of the United States. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

A runner makes her way along the shores of Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc, Wis., as an evening sun sets in the horizon behind Zion Episcopal Church on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Drifting smoke trails from wildfires in Canada have resulted in hazy, orange-tinged morning and evening skies in parts of the United States. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
In this photo taken on Monday, June 29, 2015, provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, smoke billows from a forest fire along highway 969 in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes. (Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure via The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken on Monday, June 29, 2015, provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, forest fires throw flames above a tree-line along highway 969 in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes. (Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure via The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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LA RONGE, Saskatchewan (AP) -- Canadian soldiers were arriving Tuesday to battle raging wildfires on the country's west coast, where about 13,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest.

Premier Brad Wall said it is the biggest evacuation effort in Saskatchewan's history.

About 1,000 military personnel were arriving from Manitoba and Alberta, said Colin King, deputy commissioner of operations with Saskatchewan's emergency management department.

King called the fire situation "critical," adding that people evacuated from more than 50 communities won't be returning soon. More than 110 fires are burning in Saskatchewan alone.

Environment Canada has issued air quality warnings for much of Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, where heavy smoke is visible over Canada's Pacific coast.

Smoke from the wildfires has also led to air quality advisories in parts of the Midwest and western U.S. including Washington, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Wildfires Continue To Wreak Havoc Across Western Canada

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