No new fires reported over the weekend, 8 still out of control

An abandoned campfire was found along the Ingraham Trail in the North Slave region last Thursday. NWT Fire stresses campfire safety in an fire update. (Photo courtesy of NWT Fire)

No new fires have been reported in the territory over the weekend. 13 active fires are currently burning, eight of which are out of control, says NWT Fire.

Fire (FS004) between Fort Providence and Highway 7 remains active. Firefighters conducted an ignition operation, which involved setting fires intentionally to remove unburnt forest fuel, to control the fire line and prevent it from spreading east. Fire crews are prepared to set another fire to limit its growth towards Jean Marie River if necessary.

A lightning-caused fire (FS006), situated 70 kilometres northwest of Jean Marie River, is currently held at 2930 hectares. It poses no risk to communities, although smoke may be visible under dry and windy weather conditions.

The NWT Alberta border fire (SS009) is still Firefighters from Saskatchewan, Beaufort Delta and North Slave region helped to contain the north end of the fire using heavy equipment and air support.

Structure protection measures are in place to protect homes, cabins and other assets.

In NWT, 28 fires were reported this year, 15 of them have been put out. 21,638 hectares have burned in the territory this year.

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