Residents of High Level, Alberta, not far from the NWT border, are reportedly being told to be ready to evacuate at any time as an out-of-control wildfire, fanned by strong winds and dry conditions, continues to grow.
The Town of High Level announced Sunday that residents should fill their gas tanks, gather important documents and prepare food and water in case an evacuation order is issued.
The town also says fire crews will be setting up sprinklers in various places.
The fire has the attention of people in the South Slave region but no evacuation plans have been announced yet.
Meanwhile – the territorial government is warning against “carelessness” after people caused three fires in the past 24 hours, according to a statement issued Sunday.
There was a fire near the Pine Point mine area, and two outside of Fort Smith, according to a online wildland fire update post.
All three fires were caused by people, the statement said.
That brings to at least ten the number of human-caused fires this year in the NWT.