The town of Leaf Rapids has declared a state of local emergency as a nearby forest fire draws closer to their community.

Town officials say the fire, which is over 10,000 hectares in size, is currently 8 kilometres from Leaf Rapids and near their hydro line.

According to the small community, wind direction is expected to change and blow eastward, which will have an impact on air quality, leading to the evacuation of Leaf Rapids.

Town officials have organized a community evacuation to Thompson and are urging residents to register.