Here are the latest simple updates we have on wildfires threatening NWT communities, with time stamps below.
We have kept these summaries brief so you can get updates without having to wade through many paragraphs. More detailed information is published by NWT Fire and local governments.
All communities listed are unsafe for your return. Do not travel. There is no timeline for return unless stated.
Yellowknife, Ndılǫ, Dettah, Ingraham Trail
12:30pm Sunday: “These fires remain out-of-control. Although these fires are not progressing as dramatically as others in the NWT, that DOES NOT MEAN the danger has passed,” the wildfire agency stated, using capitals.
“These fires remain volatile, posing active threats to communities and infrastructure like roads in the area.”
Here’s the ZF015 update for the day ahead: “Another trough of weather developing in the Mackenzie Valley and moving through the region will bring increasingly strong and gusty southerly winds today, gusting to 30 km/h. There is a risk that a low-level jet could form as well and give a boost to the gusty winds, bringing drier air down. Temperatures between 20C and 25C are expected today.
“Winds should ease later tonight, but temperatures are expected to hit a record high on Monday to the mid-twenties, well above seasonal averages.
“While there were intermittent showers in the region that may or may not have rained on the fire, there is little, or no precipitation expected today. During the peak burning period today, there is a good chance of continuous crown fire, where fire jumps from treetop to treetop in areas with mature boreal spruce, and intermittent crown fire in areas with spruce lichen forest.”
On the Ingraham Trail fire, we’re told a south wind on Sunday should push the fire “towards areas without fuel.”
That same south wind is trickier for the Dettah fire, as it could push the fire toward Jennejohn Lake. If it breaks through a perimeter, the fire could “take a run upwards of three kilometres,” NWT Fire wrote.
Hay River, KFN, Enterprise
12:30pm Sunday: The number of structures lost remains at two cabins and a travel trailer, all to the west of Hay River next to Great Slave Lake.
At lunchtime on Sunday, NWT Fire stated: “Today, temperatures expected to again reach up to 30C with south-southwesterly winds, 15 km/h gusting to 30 km/h in morning, shifting southwesterly at 15 km/h gusting up to 35-40 km/h, and extremely dry conditions.
“This may cause severe fire activity and would support growth to the north and to the east – which may be a risk for growth from the fire’s perimeter to the west of the river. Firefighting efforts will be focused on addressing these risks. Visibility is a challenge and may make it difficult for aircraft to fly – crew and pilot safety is number one.
“A wind shift to the northwest is forecast later in the evening (after 7pm), which may provide some relief.”
11:30am Sunday: The fire hopped across parts of some containment lines yesterday and crews are working to contain that along the Foxholes Road, an area east of Connie’s Road near Highway 5, and on the south side of Highway 5 between Thebacha Road and Bell Rock.
On Sunday, the fire was expected to grow to the north and northwest. There was no big shift reported in the fire’s distance to any structures around Fort Smith.
The Monday forecast high is 30C with winds from the south gusting to 25 km/h. After that, “the forecast for early next week calls for hot, dry conditions with mostly easterly winds, which is conducive to extreme fire behaviour,” Parks Canada wrote.
No recent formal update. The community is understood to have mostly evacuated to Fort Simpson and Kakisa is not said by NWT Fire to be under imminent threat.