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Fatal housefire hits reserve

The chief coroner of the NWT said the remains of a reserve house fire victim are being sent to Edmonton for a postmortem examination. “The remains have not been identified and, of course, that is something that we often see in fires,” said Cathy Menard on Feb. 17. “Identification is yet to be confirmed.” One […]

Fire the real thing at training centre

Fire has destroyed two buildings at the Emergency Response Training Centre on Vale Island. Firefighters were called to the facility – where they do their training – just after 2 p.m. on May 22. Fire Chief Ross Potter said, when firefighters arrived, the deck between the smokehouse and the training room was fully engulfed, and […]

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Big fires cool down

A large forest fire on the east side of the Hay River – near Paradise Valley and Enterprise – is not expected to cause any problems for the rest of the season. “The areas that are still smouldering, if we get a little bit of wind and it gets a little hotter, it will show […]

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Fire chief pushes prevention

While the fires earlier this month gave some residents a scare, Fire Chief Ross Potter also hopes that they prove an effective incentive for people to protect themselves and their homes from future blazes. “It’s a matter of maintenance,” he told The Hub. “Any branches lower than six feet high have the potential to spread […]

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Fire threat fades

With a lot of effort and little rain, the forest fires that forced some residents of the Corridor to leave their homes last week have abated. “We’ve have the good fortune of weather that has been really agreeable,” said fire chief Ross Potter on Saturday. “We’ve seen little action, there’s been moisture in the air […]

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Fires threaten town

  A Gjoa Haven company is accusing the hamlet’s administrator of blocking it from obtaining work and expanding in the community. CAP Enterprises Ltd. manager Charlie Cahill said the situation escalated after his company sued the hamlet and its senior administrative officer last October for allegedly failing to follow the territory’s Hamlet’s Act. “We’re trying […]

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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 […]

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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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