An Evacuation order is in effect for Saamba K'e due to a wildfire in the area. Residents of Sambaa K’e are being advised on evacuation procedures by local officials.
Evacuation Order issued on behalf of Saamba K'e.
This lightning-caused fire has grown to be approximately 30 km south of Sambaa K'e. The fire is approximately 98,000 hectares in total, both inside and outside the NWT. Approximately 49,548 hectares are burning within NWT borders.
➡️Who is on scene: Two crews have been mobilized as well as two helicopters and a prevention specialist, value protection specialist, and ignition specialist.
➡️What is being done: All critical infrastructure in the community has been protected by sprinklers. Work continues to widen the fire break, which is currently 40 metres wide. Crews are currently working on protection for individual structures and houses. Crews are also working to protect values in the path of the fire outside the community.
➡️What’s to come: Winds will be southeast in the next couple of days, blowing towards the community. Crews are preparing now to protect the community should the time come.
This lightning-caused fire, located approximately 55 km southwest of Camsel Bend, 133 km west of Fort Simpson, has jumped the Ram River. It is currently 14, 550 hectares in size. Rain overnight helped crews, who are assessing the situation today.
All other fires in the region are being monitored.
Here is information about precautions for dealing with wildfire smoke:
Here’s some advice to follow based on fire danger levels in your area.
- Low: Have campfires and burn with regular caution. Fires may still start easily, but it is less likely to grow and spread.
- Moderate: Take extra caution by keeping campfires and burn piles as small as possible. Fires may start more easily and have a higher chance of growing and spreading.
- High: Do not have any fires unless it is necessary for food or warmth. Keep them as small as possible. Pay special attention to anything else nearby that embers from your fire could hit. Consider using contained flames, like propane stoves or barbecues, for your cooking needs. There may be fire restrictions in place because at high fire danger, there is a good chance fires will start easily, grow quickly, and challenge firefighters trying to fight them.
- Extreme: Do not have campfires or burn things unless there is no other choice for food or warmth. Use contained flames like propane stoves or barbecues for food whenever possible. At extreme fire danger, forests are very dry and it is likely fire will start easily, spread quickly, and cause real challenges for firefighters when they need to be fought. Hunting, fireworks, campfires, or other burning may be restricted.