The current forest fire in Fort Good Hope has now reached over 8000 hectares in size. Frank Lepine, the Director of Forest Management Division at the ENR says the weather will offer little relief to controlling the blaze.
“We are expecting a downturn in the weather on Wednesday. Initially we were expecting rain, but now we are going to get some spotty showers with only 1 to 3 millimeters of rain that won’t help the fire much. Overall this heat wave that we are experiencing now will probably return and we will get a large ridge rebuild , so this is not a sort term thing, rather a long term thing,” said Lepine.
Currently the fire is burning 25 kilometers outside of Fort Good Hope. Lepine added the NWT has sent 16 firefighters to assist with the fires in BC, that are in the Williams Lake and 100 Mile House region.
As of today, the fire in Fort Good Hope is 16,000 hectares in size and approximately 18 to 20 kilometres east of the community.