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Shifting winds expected to cause difficulty for Hay River/KFN fire crews

Nearly 150 team members were successful in limiting the spread of the wildfire near Hay River/KFN, and structure protection near the Old Village was strengthened last night.

The fire remains out of control and was last mapped at just over 3200 hectares, growing by 273 hectares since the previous report.

The controlled burn near Sandy Creek Lodge was successful which makes it much less likely for the lodge to be affected by the fire. Efforts to widen the access road continued yesterday to reduce the likelihood of more damage.

According to NWT Fire, tighter lines were established on the west side of the fire to protect the Town of Hay River and the south and southeast ends of the fires saw continued action from the air to slow the spread to Highway 5.

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NWT Fire says they were not able to complete additional controlled burns as planned because conditions were too dry and risky.

Rising temperatures and shifting winds which may push the fire towards Hay River and Highway 5 have made it difficult for fire crews to stick to a strategy and make progress today.

Helicopters on the south end of the fire will continue efforts to slow the spread of the fire towards Highway 5 as safety allows.

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