Evacuation order issued for Hay River, Northwest Territories., as wildfire burns nearby

By Liny Lamberink and April hudson
CBC News
May 14, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

N.W.T. Fire says an out-of-control wildfire burning by Kátł’odeeche First Nation has “very likely” breached the community and damaged structures, and may have spread to Vale Island in Hay River. The entire population of both communities — more than 3,500 people — have been ordered to leave for Yellowknife, a five-hour drive away. In an update at about 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, wildfire information officer Mike Westwick said his department does not have a current assessment but believes the fire has breached Kátł’odeeche First Nation. He said there is a “very, very high” likelihood of damage.

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