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Military sent to fight wildfires

Close to 1,000 Canadian military personnel are on their way to help fight wildfires in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan where thousands of residents have been evacuated.

Duane McKay, commissioner of emergency management with the province, said that the military will bolster their ability to fight the fires.

Provincial officials say about 741,000 acres are burning this year - around 10 times what's normal.

The Alberta government is preparing to receive up to 5,000 evacuees from the area.