YELLOWKNIFE – It remains unclear when residents of the Northwest Territories’ South Slave region will be allowed to return home, but officials will open pre-registration for re-entry flights in advance.
Jay Boast, an information officer for the territory’s emergency management agency, said online and telephone pre-registration for flights is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday for wildfire evacuees from the communities of Hay River, Enterprise and K’atl’odeeche First Nation.
Yellowknife’s evacuation order was lifted Wednesday, but wildfire information officer Mike Westwick warned that no return was without risk, noting that there was a significant amount of smoke in the area on Sunday.
“It’s a live-with-fire condition, and that’s a reality that many communities have faced and will continue to face as we move forward through this wildfire season,” Westwick said during a wildfire briefing Monday.
The City of Hay River was expected to provide an update on the re-entry timeline later Monday.
Mayor Kandis Jameson said Friday that if all goes well, residents could be home within 10 days.
https://torontosun.com/news/national/pre-registration-to-begin-for-flights-back-to-five-ravaged-n-w-t-towns Pre-registration for return flights to some NWT communities begins