Three man-made fires started in the South Slave region in the past 48 hours has the Government of the Northwest Territories warning residents not to be careless.

In a post made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) on Monday, one of the three fires broke out in Pine Point and two in the Fort Smith area near the landfill and Fox Holes.

ENR reported that the Pine Point fire was a campfire that got out of control and is reminding residents that the Fire Danger Level throughout the South Slave and Dehcho regions is ‘high’ or ‘extreme.’

The out of control campfire is being called out while tanker crews having been responding to the Fox Holes fire since Sunday evening which is being held. ENR crews have responded to the landfill fire.

“Burn permits are required for any fire other than cooking or warmth,” the department stated in a release.

“Do not leave any fire unattended, even if you are camping in a Territorial Park. Make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it.”

The warning from the department comes one day after Yellowknife began experiencing smokey and hazy conditions from a wildfire in High Level, Alta.

To report a fire in the NWT, call 1-877-NWT-FIRE (877 698-3473)

Brett McGarry

Brett McGarry came to Yellowknife in early 2019 after graduating from Humber College with an advanced diploma in journalism. After covering city council and local business as a reporter, Brett is now an...

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