YELLOWKNIFE – The 2022 wildfire season in the Northwest Territories (NWT) is shaping up to be one of the most severe in the past five years. “We’re well on our way to doubling our five-year average for area burned,” said Mike Westwick, a wildfire information officer for the territory. “It’s been a significant year for fires after a few years where we had a slight downturn.” So far, 238 fires have burned nearly 4,300 square kilometres of land across the territory, compared to a five-year average of around 2,300 square kilometres. …Westwick said long spells of hot, dry weather have contributed to the wildfires this summer. He said this wildfire season is lasting slightly longer than usual as hot temperatures persist in the southern part of the territory. More than 100 active wildfires are still burning across the N.W.T. …”The boreal forest is a landscape that’s primarily shaped by fire. It’s the most important force that’s shaped our landscape over millennia,” Westwick said.