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.
The 2021 fire season is off to a predictably slow start, but the Beaufort Delta and Sahtu are drier than normal and August could bring trouble in the Dehcho.
Sometimes, a wildfire can last through the winter. A new study explains how climate change affects that, but whether these fires will get worse isn't clear.
The NWT's extreme 2014 wildfire season saw big shifts in the number of people seeking help for conditions like asthma and pneumonia. A study examined the data.