Wildfires continue to menace large areas of N.W.T., moving close to Yellowknife

Wildfires menacing the capital of the Northwest Territories crept closer Wednesday, moving within 16 kilometres of Yellowknife. The N.W.T government, in its latest fire update, stated the blaze had advanced four kilometres closer overnight to Yellowknife, which is home to 20,000 people. Residents in three western Yellowknife neighbourhoods were put on evacuation notice, meaning they should have belongings packed and be ready to leave quickly should the flames spread. The government was predicting a difficult day on the weather front, with strong, gusty winds and dry conditions forecast, and aircraft fighting the fire continuing to be hampered by heavy smoke. “(There is a) chance of one millimetre of rain, but not enough to make a dent in the fire,” stated the territory’s update posted Wednesday morning. Yellowknife residents continue to…

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