YELLOWKNIFE (August 6, 2015) – Fire ZF-014, near Reid Lake, is still a threat. The GNWT is working to suppress the fire and ensure the safety of the public. The following are updates from the various government agencies involved in the response to this wildfire.
Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
ENR is coordinating fire suppression activities. This includes fire crews stationed at the Reid Lake campground as well as air monitoring and suppression activities by air. Value protection efforts on Reid Lake have been successful with crews continuing work in the area. ENR crews are evaluating fire behaviour and will be working to protect values at Peninsula Lake as required.
For the latest updates on NWT fire conditions visit the ENR website www.enr.gov.nt.ca and the NWT Fire Facebook page.
DOT has closed Highway 4 just past the Reid Lake campground entrance to all traffic. No traffic will be permitted past the closure until safe passage can be ensured.
Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI)
ITI has issued an evacuation order for Reid Lake Territorial Park Campground. Updates about the closure will be issued through regular Public Safety Updates at www.gov.nt.ca, and on the ITI website at www.iti.gov.nt.ca.
At this time the campground will be closed until further notice. Campers who were unable to remove valuables from the park before the closure please call 873-7317.
Campers who wish to cancel a booking can do so without penalty by contacting 445-1717 for the period of August 5-14. For Extended Stay Campsite holders a refund will be provided at a pro-rated daily rate once the park re-opens. For more information visit www.iti.gov.nt.ca.
Health and Social Services (HSS)
HSS is advising residents with concerns about smoke to see the Health Effects of Smoke Exposure due to Forest Fire information sheet
For more information visit www.hss.gov.nt.ca.
Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA)
MACA, through the Emergency Measures Office, is advising cabin owners in the Pickerel Lake area that a voluntary evacuation is being recommended at this time. It is also being recommended that residents avoid areas past Powder Point on the Ingraham Trail, and to avoid travelling in areas that are hard to access (Hidden Lake) due to potential change in fire or smoke conditions.
MACA continues to coordinate GNWT resources and notify the public about the current fire situation.
New Public Safety Updates will be provided as information becomes available. Updates will be distributed to local media and posted online at www.gov.nt.ca.
Media Inquiries by Topic
Fire conditions and fire suppression: Judy McLinton at 867-445-2297.
Health concerns about smoke conditions: Damien Healy at 867-767-9052 ext. 49034
Highway conditions and status: Nick Hurst at 867-445-1368
Territorial park/campground closures: Briony Wright 867-920-6109
GNWT emergency response: David Maguire at 867-920-3092