As of yesterday, 4 wildfires have singed the NWT this Spring. Richard Olsen is the manager of Fire Operations with Environment and Natural Resources. He says the fires were spread across the territory with one in Inuvik region, two in the South Slave, and one west of Yellowknife.
“Three of those fires are suspected person caused and the one fire west of Yellowknife is believed to be caused by lightening. The three people caused fires have been declared out, and the one west of Yellowknife is under control and will be monitored of the next 24 hours, and to see if it can be called out.”
Olsen says an average of 16 wildfires a year are caused by human activity.
34 out of 35 fire crews have completed Spring training, and the new Air Tractor 802 Fireboss aircraft have arrived from Texas.
The GNWT spent nearly 26 million dollars on the eight new aircraft.