STANLEY MISSION, Sask. - Crews battling a forest fire that has forced more than 1,000 people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan hope rain will help extinguish the blaze.

Steve Roberts, the province's executive director of wildfire management, says the fire is about 10 kilometres from the community of Stanley Mission.

Crews are burning out sections of the forest ahead of the fire to stop it from spreading.

Sprinklers have also been set up around the community to protect buildings.

People had to leave on the weekend as a precaution as the fire threatened power lines and the road.

Evacuees are staying in La Ronge, Prince Albert and Saskatoon.