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Wildfire ‘highly likely’ to reach Behchokǫ̀ overnight as strong winds force it west – CBC

Jul 25, 2023

Wildfire breached Highway 3 and is just 5 kilometres east of Edzo

The wildfire threatening Behchokǫ̀ has now breached the access road at Frank Channel and is nearing the community, N.W.T. Fire said in a critical update just before 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

“As the fire continues to be driven by these ferocious winds, it is highly likely to reach the community overnight,” fire information officer Mike Westwick wrote in an email.

The community of about 2,000 people, which is about 100 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife, has been under an evacuation order since Monday. While most have left for Yellowknife, some stayed behind.

On Facebook, Behchokǫ̀ senior administrative officer Pushp Seth wrote that everyone in Rae must head for Bay Island.

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