“Having residents pre-registered will help the municipality with planning activities to provide better support during an evacuation,” the town stated.
“It will allow you to let your community government know if you have support needs in the event of an evacuation such as: Do you need to stay at an evacuation centre?”
Trabysh added: “There are three levels of alert and the first one is where we’re at right now, which is basically an advisory level. Level two is when we would put out an official evacuation notice: ‘Be prepared, because in two to three days you may need to evacuate.’ Level three would be your full evacuation order.
“I want to emphasize that we are only at level one. All the information I am receiving from people at senior levels is that the fire is no risk to the town of Inuvik.”
Trabysh said a similar fire about a decade ago burned much of the fuel in the area that the current fire is entering, which is helping to slow down its progress.
The down side of that, he said, is that if the fire gradually dies down, that could still increase the amount of smoke in Inuvik’s air. For days, Inuvik has had some of the worst air quality residents can remember.
“When a fire starts to smoulder out, it makes more smoke, so we may see more intense smoke in the days ahead,” Trabysh said.