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‘No threat to Hay River,’ says fire chief

With the territory experiencing the worst wildfire season in decades, some residents are growing concerned with the safety of the community as well as the plans to deal with the situation if the fires reach Hay River. But director of protective services Ross Potter said unequivocally that there is no danger to Hay River at […]

Brush fire halted

Teams of firefighters, both on the ground and in the air, stopped a forest fire 4.2 kilometres from Hay River last weekend. “We were luck in that the planes and resources weren’t tied up elsewhere and we could call all of them in to help,” said Environment and Natural Resources Officer Jerry Hordal. “This was […]

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Dump ablaze

Fire fighters and a helicopter were called to the Hay River dump on Monday to battle a blaze ignited by the careless dumping of waste. The solid waste facility caught fire at approximately 12:40 p.m. after a truck dumped flaming material onto a mountain of existing trash. “Wind is my biggest concern right now. It’s […]

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Last open house held at old fire hall

  With a new fire hall in the final stages of construction, the Hay River Fire Department held its last open house in its current location for this year’s Fire Prevention Week. “It’s going to be really nice to get into the new hall,” said Fire Chief Ross Potter, turned project manager for the building […]

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Family friend becomes ‘hero’

  The family that used to reside at 25 Elm Crescent knows they didn’t lose everything in a recent house fire, and are thanking for a crucial series of events and especially one person. Homeowner Liz Pope is crediting the successful split-second escape by her daughter and granddaughter to family friend Brette Jameson, who just […]

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House fire injures child

  A fire that destroyed an older trailer home in Hay River on April 4 injured a small child who was flown to Edmonton for treatment. Sources close to The Hub say the young girl, around one year of age, was flown to Yellowknife and then on to Edmonton once weather cleared up the day […]

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Fire destroys home on Vale Island

A massive fire destroyed a residential home on the morning of Feb. 25. The inferno engulfed a house on 105 Street on Vale Island. The residence was empty at the time of the fire and Hay River Fire Chief Ross Potter described the building as a “total loss.” Fourteen firefighters were on the scene for […]

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Chimney fire destroys structure

  A building in West Channel was completely destroyed by a chimney fire last week.Firefighters were called to the fire around 12:15 p.m. on Jan. 30. By the time they reached the property at 139 Alaska Rd. at 12:30 p.m., the building was completely engulfed in fire. There were no injuries, but firefighters had to […]

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Rotary Club raises over $2,000 to help family

  A recent fundraiser has greatly increased the odds of a Hay River family being reunited for Christmas. With its annual wine festival and art auction on Nov. 9, Hay River’s Rotary Club raised $2,300 to help the Moses family get together for the holidays. Harvey Moses, who recently turned 20, has been at the […]

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Hay River copes with smoke – More humidity and warmer weather are affecting the air quality in town

As of Monday, smoke particles from the forest fires in northern Alberta were still blowing north and causing hazy conditions and this has some Hay Riverites wondering how to breathe safely. Throughout the past two weeks, smoke has been drifting through the southern NWT. People with increased sensitivity to smoke and irritants in the air […]

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