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Helicopter deployed to put out fire on Yellowknife's Tin Can Hill

Daniel Campbell, who is on a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay, reported seeing the small fire and smoke rising from Tin Can Hill in Yellowknife Saturday afternoon.

'It's on the steep rocky side near the shore,' says Yellowknifer Daniel Campbell who witnessed the fire

Fire and smoke were visible on Tin Can Hill at about 3:30 p.m., according to Daniel Campbell. An N.W.T. Department of Environment helicopter was photographed carrying a bucket of water to help put out the fire. (Randi Beers/CBC)

A small fire is burning on Tin Can Hill in Yellowknife and emergency crews are responding, according to N.W.T. Fire on Saturday afternoon. 

Wildfire officials told CBC News that the N.W.T.'s Environment and Natural Resources department is deploying a helicopter and bucket to help put it out.

The city reported the fire along the shorelines of Tin Can Hill, said N.W.T. Fire in a Facebook message.

Yellowknifer Daniel Campbell said he noticed the fire at about 3:30 p.m., Saturday, while on a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay.

"I'm looking at it right now actually," said Campbell.

It quickly grew and we were starting to see flames and a lot more smoke.- Yellowknifer Daniel Campbell

He said the fire seemed to be burning off the shore of Tin Can Hill, near the water treatment plant. 

"Initially there was a lot of smoke. It looked almost like a very smokey campfire-sized fire. But it quickly grew and we were starting to see flames and a lot more smoke," said Campbell.

Daniel Campbell says he saw a small fire and smoke on Tin Can Hill at about 3:30 p.m., on Saturday. (Randi Beers/CBC)

Campbell said he couldn't see any emergency crews just before 4 p.m., but heard sirens. 

"I don't think they'll be able to reach it with their vehicles … It's on the steep rocky side near the shore," he said.

A CBC reporter who witnessed the fire said she saw a helicopter dumping water on the fire at about 4:15 p.m.

Campbell said he phoned the fire in to the N.W.T. government's wildfire hotline.

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