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A shot of the smoke columns from the wildfire 12 kilometres south of Inuvik as of 1:46 a.m. June 28, 2020.

 

Fire crews are battling a 254-hectare blaze 12 kilometres south of Inuvik.

Smoke could be seen from Inuvik as late as 10 p.m. June 26 when the fire was reported. At that time, the fire was approximately 10 hectares in size. But two days later, extreme dry conditions and high winds spread the fire to 110 hectares and several more pillars of smoke had emerged.

Inuvik Fire department has installed sprinklers on structures in the area, including the Gwich’in Wellness Camp.

An aerial of the fire shot June 27.
(photo courtesy GNWT)

GNWT Wildfire Information Officer Amber Simpson said two fire crews and two helicopters were initially deployed to the site. Now, six ground crews and two overhead crews are attacking the site of the fire with the assistance of two helicopters and an air tanker group.

No damage or injuries have been reported at this time. Simpson said the fire is now 80 per cent contained and was expected to be 90 per cent under control by the end of June 29.

Inuvik Fire Department released a smoke advisory as a precaution in case wind blew smoke towards the town.

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The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation.

As of 3:19 p.m. June 27, smoke could still be seen coming from the site.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Eric Bowling

Your source for all things happening in the Beaufort Delta. Eric jumped at the chance to write for the Inuvik Drum after cutting his teeth in Alberta. He enjoys long walks, loud music and strong coffee....

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