Wrigley residents stranded in Fort Simpson after highway closes due to wildfires

Residents of Wrigley were stranded in Fort Simpson when the highway closed over the weekend as a result of wildfires.

Mayor Sean Whelly said approximately 10 residents of Wrigley were stranded in Fort Simpson overnight as a result of the closure.

Due to a shortage of vacancy, the community lent out tents and sleeping bags that were left over from the flooding.

Three wildfires are burning close to Fort Simpson.

One is approximately 12 kilometres away and 857 hectares in size.

This fire is out of control but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources says communities, and infrastructure are not at risk.

Another fire is about 30 kilometres from Fort Simpson, but is under control and under three hectares in size; the third is 42 kilometres away from the community, five hectares in size and under control.

Smoke could be seen from the community throughout the weekend.

Firefighters were in the community and Whelly said an evacuation isn’t out of the question.

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