Will the wildfires ‘being held’ near Yellowknife ever be ‘under control’? Maybe by winter, officials say

By Natalie Pressman
CBC News
August 30, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two of the wildfires burning in the N.W.T.’s North Slave region are now classified as “being held” — and experts say the change has to do with controls around the perimeters. The fire between Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀, as well as the fire near the Ingraham Trail, are still burning large areas of land — more than 167,000 and 50,000 hectares, respectively — but the new classification means officials expect the fires won’t grow beyond controlled boundaries, according to terms defined by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC). Phane Ray, incident commander for the fires in the North Slave Complex, said in a Monday news conference that cooler temperatures and a little bit of rain created opportunities for firefighting crews. …Ray said crews are working 50 metres into the fire and that’s eliminating the potential for flames to spread back toward the community.

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