Wildfire fighters outside Fort Liard ‘make good progress’ on weekend, says NWT Fire

Fort Liard fire remains 19 kms from the community. (Photo courtesy of NWT Fire.)

There were no new wildfires reported across the NWT over the long weekend and the uncontained Dehcho blaze outside of Fort Liard is being held.

“Winds are calm enough that firefighters should be able to continue to make good progress on the fire,” NWT Fire spokesperson Mike Westwick stated in a release Monday.

“Crews have arrived from across the NWT — Sahtu, North Slave, and Beaufort Delta — to continue work to keep Fort Liard safe and contain the fire.

“Additional (crews) are expected from Yukon … to provide relief and continue suppression progress.”

The Fort Liard wildfire (FS002) remains at 913 hectares and 19 kms southwest of the community.

An evacuation notice remains in place should the fire cross the Liard River and towards the community.

Critical infrastructure in Fort Liard has fire suppression protection in place.



Northwest Territories Wildfire Update

Total active fires: 9

New fires in the last 24 hours: 0

Total fires this year: 15

Hectares affected: 10,987 hectares

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