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Most of N.W.T. under extreme fire danger, wildfire still burning near Wrigley

Nearly the entire N.W.T. is, or will be, under extreme fire danger, as hot and dry temperatures continue into next week.

N.W.T. Fire said no community is under threat, but urged people to use caution as the fire risk grows 

Fire is warning residents that nearly every region of the N.W.T. is, or will be, under extreme fire risk in the coming days. (N.W.T. Environment and Natural Resources)

Nearly the entire N.W.T. is, or will be, under extreme fire danger, as hot and dry temperatures continue into next week. 

There is extreme fire danger in the North Slave, Beaufort Delta, Sahtú and South Slave. The Dehcho is expected to join that category soon, N.W.T. Fire said in a Facebook post.

The wildfire near Wrigley is now 5,631 hectares in size and remains out of control. 

N.W.T. Fire said the incident management team is continuing to protect northern residences and homes along the Willowlake River.

No community is under threat, but urges residents avoid all fires other than for cooking or warmth.

"In these dry conditions, a single spark could start a wildfire and expand our resources even further," N.W.T. Fire wrote on Facebook.

There are currently 53 fires in the N.W.T., two in the last 24 hours.

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Luke Carroll is a journalist with CBC News in Yellowknife who has previously worked in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Luke is originally from Brockville, Ont., and moved to Yellowknife in May 2020. He can be reached at luke.carroll@cbc.ca.

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