Highway 1 opens to commercial vehicles heading North

The GNWT says Highway 1 could be closed southbound due to wildfires. This would be the second closure this year, after a closure for several days in May. Emelie Peacock photo
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Commercial vehicles heading north with essential goods will be allowed to travel the High Level to Enterprise route.

In a tweet Thursday morning, the GNWT’s Department of Infrastructure says ‘northbound commercial vehicles with essential goods and services’ will be allowed to pass through the Highway 35 (Alberta) to Highway 1 (NWT) route.

The highway between High Level and Enterprise is still closed for all other traffic, the department advises, as Alberta Wildfire crews continue to battle two out of control fires in the High Level area.

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The rapidly growing Chuckegg Creek fire, three kilometres southeast of High Level, is at 230,000 hectares according to an update at 11 a.m. Thursday. The town is still under a mandatory evacuation order and several routes in and out of High Level remain closed.

A mandatory evacuation order has also been issued for the community of Steen River as crews fight a 17,419 hectare fire in the area. Alberta Wildfire says there is a total of 142 wildland firefighters, 23 helicopters and one airtanker are positioned throughout the High Level area.

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