Fort Good Hope on emergency alert as wildfire continues to burn

Photo submitted by Wilbert Cook, July 9th, 2017.

The community of Fort Good Hope continues to be in a state of emergency.
A Wildfire has damaged over 5000 hectares 30 kilometres east of the Sahtu community of 515 people.

Fire VQ-016 started on July 3rd after a lightening strike.

Kasho Gotine Community Council manager Wilbert Cook says despite the high alert, things cleared up a lot overnight.

“I believe overnight the fire may have disipated a bit, as is common during the night with forest fires. The wind is still coming in from the east, but the smoke has cleared up quite a bit.” Cook told CKLB Monday morning.

He says the visibility went from less than a kilometre over the weekend to six kilometres.

Some elders were at the communities airport on Saturday awaiting evacuation orders.

Emergency plans were prepared on Friday with plans in place to evacuate elders and young children if necessary.

Cook says elders and youth are advised to stay inside and to put damp clothes on their face to help with the smokey conditions.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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