An image of the High Level wildfire taken on the May holiday weekend and shared with Cabin Radio by Michelle Shears.
As a wildfire forced the evacuation of High Level, officials said NWT residents should not try to travel through the community by road.
High Level, in northern Alberta, is a major stopping point on the highway system connecting the territory with the south of the province.
As thousands of High Level residents leave their community in the face of an oncoming wildfire, the NWT government said people should not try to make it past High Level either to or from the NWT.
“At this time, there is no gas available in High Level. Highway 88 is still open to the east, but there is no gas available until Red Earth Creek,” Greg Whitlock, regional superintendent for the NWT’s Department of Infrastructure, told Cabin Radio at 6:30pm MT on Monday.
Red Earth Creek is some 630 km from Hay River. Whitlock said no gas is currently available anywhere directly along that stretch.
For those stranded between Hay River and High Level, the gas station at Zama City – 65 km off Highway 35, north of Meander River – reported itself open as of 7:15pm MT on Monday. Zama City also has motel facilities.
Fort Vermilion’s gas services were reported to be closed owing to a power outage. La Crete, accessible via diversion onto Highway 697, had gas at the UFA store – which was running on generators – as of 5pm on Monday, closing for the night at 10:30pm.