Namushka Lodge, east of Yellowknife, threatened by fire

Namushka Lodge fire
Fire captured on video near Namushka Lodge in early July, 2015.
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A fishing and adventure lodge east of Yellowknife says it is threatened by a wildfire burning just over a kilometre away.

The Chorostkowski family, owners of Namushka Lodge, say a forest fire is heading north along the east shore of Harding Lake. The lodge sits at the north end of the lake.

Family and friends are doing what they can to contain the fire, while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) has sent water bombers to assist.

But Bryan Chorostkowski said the fire “advanced even more” despite the bombers’ efforts.

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“It has been a long day widening out our fire break, thinning out the dense trees around the lodge and adding more sprinklers,” Chorostkowski wrote on Sunday night.

On Facebook: Updates from Namushka Lodge | Video of the fire

“ENR came out about noon and assessed the fire and has come up with a plan. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, they should have four to five crews stationed at the lodge attacking the fire from the ground – and possibly the bombers for support.

“We did have a bit of rain this afternoon, and hopefully that helped a bit. It’s not over yet, but we feel confident that we are doing all we can if the fire comes knocking on our door.”

The lodge, which can accommodate 14 guests, is 53 km east of Yellowknife and accessed by air.

The territorial government will provide its regular weekly update on wildfires across the NWT later on Monday.

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