Wildfire prompts 2nd closure of Highway 1 in 24 hours in N.W.T between Fort Simpson and Wrigley

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Smoke from a wildfire, which led to the closure of a Highway 1 between Fort Simpson and Wrigley in the N.W.T., can be seen in this photo taken in Fort Simpson on July 9, 2021. (Hannah Paulson/CBC - image credit)
Smoke from a wildfire, which led to the closure of a Highway 1 between Fort Simpson and Wrigley in the N.W.T., can be seen in this photo taken in Fort Simpson on July 9, 2021. (Hannah Paulson/CBC - image credit)

Highway 1 between Fort Simpson and Wrigley in the Northwest Territories has been closed for the second time in 24 hours because of a wildfire in the area, according to the territorial government.

The fire, dubbed FS-015, had "exceeded fire suppression efforts" and the department was "undertaking value protection," according to an update on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' website.

The blaze is about 120 hectares in size, said the department, and is about 1 kilometre away from the highway.

There's no risk to communities in the area, it said.

The highway will be closed until further notice, the territorial infrastructure department said on Twitter around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

There were 26 active fires in the territory — two of which cropped up in the past 24 hours, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' said.

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