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Huge wildfire forces evacuation of Canada’s Northwest Territories capital

Hundreds of wildfires raging in parts of Canada’s Northwest Territories have prompted officials to issue evacuation orders and declare a state of emergency as the blazes threaten the capital city of Yellowknife. The state of emergency allows for more resources to aid the more than 230 active fires charring areas across the Northwest Territories, according to Shane Thompson, the minister of the Municipal and Community Affairs. “We find ourselves in a crisis situation and our government is using every tool available to assist,” Thompson said in a news release.The mayor of Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, also issued a local state of emergency followed by an evacuation order for some areas as the fires approached. The cities of Ndilo, Dettah and Ingram Trail are also under evacuation orders, Northwest Territories officials said in a news release Wednesday. Those who are unable to leave those areas by road may register for evacuation flights that will begin Thursday, officials added. “Residents living along the Ingraham Trail, in Dettah, Kam Lake, Grace Lake and Engle Business District are currently at highest risk and should evacuate as soon as possible. Other residents have until noon on Friday, August 18, 2023 to evacuate,” officials said in the news release.

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  • Annett Michuki..

    42 w

    fiee cases are becoming rampant, an action need to be taken

    • Ann Nyambura

      42 w

      The government should prioritize bold and immediate climate action.

      • Jane Wangui

        43 w

        Many countries are facing these fires in the US. Montana is also a victim of wildfires for many years now.

        • We Don't Have Time

          43 w

          Dear johnte ndeto Your climate warning has received over 50 agrees! We have reached out to Government of Canada by email and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! To reach more people and increase the chance of a response, click the Share button above to share the review on your social accounts. For every new member that joins We Don't Have Time from your network, we will plant a tree and attribute it to you! /Adam, We Don't Have Time

          • rosebellendiritu

            43 w

            Unfortunately if we don't stop our norm(pollution)this is not stopping anytime soon.

            • Princess

              43 w

              It's truly disheartening! The toll these natural disasters take on communities and the environment is a stark reminder of the urgent need to address climate change and implement effective preventive measures.

              • Kay Seal

                43 w

                Ironic that the people so affected by wildfires are being evacuated to Alberta where fossil fuel extraction continues 🖤

                • mercy nduta

                  43 w

                  @kay_seal This is so wanting!

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