Crews battle wildfire near Wrigley that doubled in size since Monday, fire ban for Beaufort Delta parks

Since Thursday night, there have been 20 new wildfires in the Northwest Territories, and although most of them are not a problem, it is a sign of how serious the state is.

A new wildfire has erupted in the Rigley, NWT area and the existing fire has been burning south of the community, doubling since Monday.

As many as 6,000 acres[6,000 ha]of fire on Monday morning increased to 11,892 acres[11892ha].

Mike Westwick, NWT Wildlife Information Officer, said the department is in regular contact with leadership in Rigley for further updates.

ENR said[does] They didn’t believe there was anything shocking in Rigley but “It’s great to see everyone get ready.”

The wind blows north of the community between two mountains, about 40 miles[40 km]away.

Five firefighters and a special team are fighting the blaze, according to the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Department. Wildfire Improvement Page.

Workers have been directing the fire to the water and the burning forest – natural fires – with fire brushes, grass, trees and other firewood between the West Highway and the Makenzi River.

The new fire is located about 12 miles[12 km]south of Rigli and is currently less than one acre[1 ha].

NASA satellite image shows smoke in northwestern states on Friday. (NASA)

On Friday, open fires, including the use of state-approved fire pits, were temporarily banned in Beaufort Delta Territorial Parks.

  • Gwich’in Territorial Park.
  • Happy Valley Territorial Park.
  • Like the Territorial Park.
  • Nataiinlaii Territorial Park.

Camp stoves, canned BBQs and propane cooking and heating equipment are still allowed. Firewood should be kept in good condition and should not emit flames more than half a meter in any direction.

Fire prevention continues for the Yellowknife region.

In addition to the small one-hectare fire near Rigley, there was a lightning strike 60 km from the Jane Marie River and three new fires near Tulita – 60 to 90 kilometers from the community.

All new wildfires are believed to have originated from natural causes.

Appears on CBC Trailbreaker Westwick recommended Friday morning that they continue to receive updates on the Department of Infrastructure’s closure of the Highway and the N’Dulee Ferry.

As of Friday night, both Highway 1 and the Niduli boat have been closed. “This can change quickly and without notice,” the state says.

Westwick’s drought and “burning heat” are expected to continue in the McKenzie Valley and lightning in the coming days, he said.

“So it’s really important for people to do their part.”

“We ask for things to calm down. Please, do not light a fire unless it is necessary for cooking or heating.”

Even in those cases, ENR requires residents to consider using a barbecue or propane stove.

For those who should have a fire, Westwick “one of the most important things” is to leave it unattended and make sure it is completely extinguished before the fire goes out and that the air above the fire is touched.

“We will have a lot of natural fires with the conditions we see and we don’t want to add to that.”

Smoke alarms are provided for many NWT communities.

Meanwhile, the area Canada has issued a warning to the following NWT communities in the area: Délı̨nę, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, Norman Wells, Tulita, Wekweeti, Whatì, Behchokǫ, Fort Smith, Salt River First Nation Reserve, Wrigley and the Yellowknife area.

According to the alarms, wildfires are causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.

There are 90 active wildfires in the Northwest Territories as of Friday morning. A total of 121 fires affected 165,306 hectares.

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