Wildfire crossed the NWT-Alberta border, Highway 1 open with traffic control

The fire (HTZ001) is burning near the NWT Alberta border, 300 meters from Highway 1. (Photo courtesy of Alberta Wildfire)

The fire (SS009/HTZ001) has crossed the NWT-Alberta border as of Friday afternoon.

Fire crews are setting up structure protections for the 60th Parallel Visitor Information Centre and other buildings near Highway 1.

The highway is open with traffic control, according to the Infrastracture Department of the GNWT.

“Significant fire activity has been seen due to warm temperatures and high winds blowing from the south,” as stated in a fire update.

According to Alberta Wildfire, this fire became very aggressive yesterday afternoon. Only helicopter and air tankers were used, as it was unsafe for firefighters and heavy equipment to suppress the fire lines.

Alberta Wildfire is coordinating the NWT government for fire containment. 124 firefighters, 14 helicopters and 18 pieces of heavy equipment were deployed to contain this fire.

The fire southwest of Fort Liard has stabilized with firefighting efforts. About 20% of the fire’s edge on the west side of the Liard River is covered to prevent fire from crossing to the east. Firefighting efforts will continue as the fire is still active.

A new fire (SS008) was found yesterday at 27 kilometres south of Tathlina Lake in South Slave, and is currently held at 8 hectares. Another new fire (ZF003) with unknown cause is located 1 kilometre south of the Snare Hydro System and is 5 hectares in size.

Both fires pose no risk to structures, cabins and communities at this time.

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