Aug 28, 2023

By Jane Brown

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Yellowknife continues to be spared by wildfires which are still perilously close to the capital of Northwest Territories.

“With the shifting winds to the north, the fire pushed back on itself, gave us a good opportunity to get aircraft in the air. We hit it hard from the air yesterday, air tankers and lots of helicopters doing really good work in the area. We’ve had boots on the ground working hard to deal with hot spots in fire hit areas, outside the main centre of the community,” Mike Westwick with NWT Fire Information explained on Sunday.

Most residents of Yellowknife left their homes under an evacuation order a week ago Friday.

Meantime, residents of British Columbia’s wildfire-stricken Shuswap region will soon learn the fate of their properties affected by a fast-moving blaze just over a week ago.

The estimated number of properties destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire remains at 131, with 37 others sustaining damage.

There are just over 370 active blazes throughout the province, including 12 designated “wildfires of note,” meaning they’re highly visible or pose a threat to public safety.

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