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* next update Monday, July 24
Twenty (20) new fires have been reported in the Northwest Territories since the last update bringing the total number of fires to 126, affecting 121,953 hectares. 57 fires have been declared out, 57 fires are being monitored for values protection, one fire is under control and 11 fires are out of control or being fought.
Fire danger for the weekend:
- Dehcho: High to extreme in Fort Simpson, medium in Fort Liard, high in Wrigley today, dropping to low by tomorrow.
- Inuvik: Low to medium across the region.
- North Slave: High to extreme in Yellowknife, Behchoko and Wekwetti. High in Lutsel K’e today, dropping to low by tomorrow.
- Sahtu: High to extreme across the region today, dropping to low to medium by tomorrow.
- South Slave: High to extreme across the region.
20 fires have been reported this year affecting 6,666 hectares. 7 fires are being monitored for values protection and 13 have been declared out.
15 fires have been reported affecting 276 hectares. 13 of the fires have been declared out and 2 are out of control and being monitored for values protection.
South Slave Region.
29 fires have been reported to date affecting 16,962 hectares. 15 fires have been declared out, 9 are being monitored for values protection and 5 are out of control or being fought.
North Slave Region
32 fires have been reported affecting 14,635 hectares. 12 of the fires have been declared out, 1 is out of control and 19 are being monitored for values protection.
30 fires have been reported to date affecting 83,414 hectares. 4 of the fires have been declared out, 1 is under control, 2 are out of control and 23 are being monitored for values protection.
Fire VQ-016 is located approximately 20 kilometres east of Fort Good Hope and is currently 15,890 hectares. There is no threat to the community or any values at this time.
Fire VQ-029 is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Collville Lake and crews have set up sprinklers and are doing values protection on values in the area.
Smoke forecasts for North America can be viewed at: http://firesmoke.ca/foreca
Travelers on the Dempster Highway are advised the road is now open but closures are possible if temperatures increase. Visit www.511yukon.ca for updates on the current road conditions in the Yukon.
For more information
For more information, call Public Affairs and Communications - Wildland Fire Information at 867 445-5484 or email email@example.com.
For information on road conditions and closures, please check the Department of Transportation website, call DOT at 1-800-661-0750 or follow DOT on Twitter @GNWT_DOT
Information about fire bans and territorial park closures can be found on NWT Parks website.
People are advised to use caution with campfires, if they are necessary for cooking or keeping warm. Please NO bonfires. Burn permits are required any fire other than cooking or warmth. Do not leave any fire UNATTENDED even if you are camping in a Territorial Park. Make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again.
Do not let carelessness be the cause of a wildland fire.
The Government of the Northwest Territories advises property owners and communities to reduce their risk of loss from fire. Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and protect their homes, cabins and communities from the risk of wildland fires.
The FireSmart program offers residents the opportunity to reduce the risk to their property during a wildland fire. FireSmart homes, cabins and neighborhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting the wildland fire, which ultimately protects more homes and lives. If you would like to find out more on how to become FireSmart, please contact your local community government, Environment and Natural Resources office or see FireSmart.