As raging wildfires close Highways 35 and 58 around High Level, Alb., Yellowknife’s food and delivery services are keeping a close watch.

If the fire doesn’t spread north of High Level, and cut off its northbound highway, delivery should be able to continue unabated, according to Northern FoodServices Owner Roger Walker. He said the company will keep an eye on the situation, but its trucks typically come through Highway 88 and Red Earth on their way to Yellowknife.

“That highway isn’t closed, unless the fire spreads over that way or it’s closed north of High Level, than we wouldn’t be affected because our trucks carry plenty of fuel,” he said.

Meanwhile, Glen Meek of Glen’s Your Independent Grocer is waiting to hear word from Edmonton. His contacts there still need to deliver word of the situation – and whether they can service the area as Alberta evacuates High Level.

Rig Logistics, which trucks the grocery store’s food in, hasn’t seized service, according to the company’s Bill Goodrich. “We’re getting our loads through,” he said. “No delays as of this time, except for in High Level itself, because of the power outage and so forth.”

“If (the fire) stays on the south side, we’ll be okay,” he said.

This story will be updated as it develops. 

Nick Pearce

Nick Pearce is a writer and reporter in Yellowknife, looking for unique stories on the environment and people that make up the North. He's a graduate of Queen's University, where he studied Global Development...

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