A firefighter from Fort Liard has passed away after being hurt while fighting a wildfire near the community, the NWT government said on Sunday.
In a short statement, the territory’s wildfire agency said the man was killed on Saturday afternoon.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and community. We share your deep sorrow at this loss,” the agency stated.
“We send our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy, including wildfire personnel who are committed to protecting their communities and the residents of the NWT.”
Residents in Fort Liard said a tree had fallen on the man while he was working. The man’s identity was not made public by the NWT government.
The territory said family members, RCMP and the coroner’s office had been contacted, and more information would be published when available.
“This is a tragic loss for the entire territory, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to their family, friends and colleagues,” said Premier Caroline Cochrane in a statement.
“The bravery and selflessness of our firefighters is an incredible gift to us all. Thank you for your service to our territory and to our country.”
Shane Thompson, the NWT’s environment minister and MLA for Fort Liard, wrote: “My thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the Fort Liard firefighter who lost their life protecting their community yesterday. This is an unimaginable loss for those who knew them. It is also a tremendous loss for the community.
“Firefighters across the territory have my utmost respect for their continued efforts to protect our homes and our communities while facing such extreme conditions. I want to send my deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.”