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Highway from Alberta to N.W.T. reopened

Alberta 511, which is responsible for the Alberta government's official road reports, announced that Highway 35 between High Level, Alta., and the N.W.T. border had reopened Friday morning.

Highway reopened after smoke conditions improved along route

A photo taken Tuesday of the fire near the highway north of High Level, Alta. (Twitter)

The main artery into the Northwest Territories from northern Alberta has been reopened.

Alberta 511, which is responsible for the Alberta government's official road reports, announced Friday morning that Highway 35 between High Level, Alta. and the N.W.T. border had reopened.

The N.W.T.'s infrastructure department confirmed that Highway 1, from the N.W.T. border to Enterprise, N.W.T., was also open to traffic.

The highway closed Tuesday after a wildfire burning at Steen River, Alta., jumped the road. Smoke from the fire meant drivers could only see a few metres in front of them.

A vehicle leaves High Level, Alta., in a handout photo. The road from High Level, Alta., to the N.W.T. reopened Friday morning after being closed for three days. (Stefanie Brown handout/The Canadian Press)

The highway is the only road directly linking the Northwest Territories and Alberta and is an important route for freight and goods. Several mail and food trucks were unable to make their way north because of the closure.

On Thursday, the highway opened for commercial vehicles.

Alberta 511 reminded drivers the highway could close again without warning if conditions worsen.

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