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Busy wildfire season stretches E.N.R resources

Yellowknife, NWT – The N.W.T has seen more wildfires than average this summer, and the size of many of them is notably bigger than in year’s past.

That’s according to Communications Planning Specialist Ella Stinson with the G.N.W.T’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

She says as many as 130 forest fires have been logged this season and at least 105 of them are still burning.

We asked Stinson what parts of the territory have been affected the most.

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“The North and South Slave regions have definitely had extreme fire conditions this season and the majority of our resources are concentrated in those areas.”

Stinson says most wildfires have been caused by lightning striking hot dry forests which haven’t had significant rain since the spring snow melt.

She says as many as 8 were caused by people.

Fire bans remain in effect for all N.W.T parks in the North Slave, South Slave and Dehcho regions.

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