Dry weather produces fire ban in Hay River

The summer is coming and with very little rain in the forecast of an already dry spring the danger for a fire has reached an extreme.
The Town of Hay River has issued a fire ban effective immediately for the town that includes campfires and backyard fire pits.
The release states that the ban will not be lifted until the area receives sufficient rainfall.

The Environment Canada forecast as of press time has a 60 per cent chance of rain for Thursday.
For the rest of the summer, any time the potential is labelled as moderate or higher, a fire ban will automatically be issued.
As of Monday, May 30 the ENR’s NWT Fire Situation map indicates that small fires in Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Resolution are put out.
The potential for fires is still labeled as extreme with area towns also labeled as an extreme risk for the area with very little rainfall accumulated in the last few months.
To report a forest fire call 1-877-NWT FIRE.
A map detailing forest fires warning ratings, conditions and lightning strikes can be viewed at www.nwtfire.com.

The press release is below:

MAY 27/2011
There is presently a FIRE BAN in the Town of Hay River as the present Fire Index is at EXTREME LEVEL.
The FIRE BAN will remain in effect until such time as we have had enough rain to lower the Fire Index to a much safer level.
Your Co-operation would be greatly appreciated.
Ross Potter (Fire Chief)
For further information contact the town @ (867) 874-6522