The NWT government is encouraging residents on the Ingraham Trail to reduce the risks of wildfire damage with its FireSmart Starts in Your Backyard contest.
Two North Slave wildfires combined to send smoke over Yellowknife this week. Overall, the NWT's season to date remains a little quieter than usual.
The Northwest Territories sent air tankers to Manitoba as the province battles more than 120 wildfires, some leading to evacuations.
Fort Smith and the Salt River First Nation Reserve are experiencing smoke exposure from wildfires in Alberta.
The NWT's 2021 wildfire season has now surpassed the entirety of 2020 for number of fires and area burned, but by usual standards this summer remains quiet.
A large wildfire some 100 km west of Fort Simpson ruined two cabins. Fort Simpson's mayor, meanwhile, worried about residents' smoke exposure from nearby fires.
NWT Highway 1 west of Fort Simpson faced a series of temporary closures as a nearby wildfire grew to 120 hectares and moved within a kilometre of the road.
An out-of-control wildfire about 65 kilometres northwest of Fort Simpson is threatening cabins in the area.
The NWT government on Friday warned the next three days are expected to be hot and dry across the territory, raising the risk of wildfires.
There are now four active fires burning in the territory, all in the Dehcho region. Rain later this week is set to help stem the growth of the largest fire.
Fire crews are working to suppress a lightning-caused fire approximately 70 kilometres northwest of Fort Simpson.
Communities should more frequently use preemptive fireguards – controlled burns carried out ahead of time – to protect against wildfires, an NWT expert said.