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One of 15,000 lightning strikes in just a 24-hour period sparked a 6,000 hectare wildfire near the McArthur River uranium mine. Site personnel and wildfire crews are working to ensure key industrial infrastructure was protected.
One of 15,000 lightning strikes in just a 24-hour period sparked a 6,000 hectare wildfire near the McArthur River uranium mine. Site personnel and wildfire crews are working to ensure key industrial infrastructure was protected. Jayjay Maurice/Facebook

Wildfire burns near McArthur River mine as province hit by thousands of lightning strikes

By Glenn Hicks
June 22, 2018 - 2:00pm Updated: June 22, 2018 - 4:01pm

Lightning, coupled with very dry conditions, has produced nineteen new wildfires in the province. One of those strikes sparked a significant blaze near the McArthur River uranium mine site.

The wildfire at the tip of Reindeer Lake has forced over 700 people to leave the local community. The blaze was last reported to be 3,000 hectares in size and 13 kilometres from Southend.
The wildfire at the tip of Reindeer Lake has forced over 700 people to leave the local community. The blaze was last reported to be 3,000 hectares in size and 13 kilometres from Southend. Nelson Cook/Facebook

Southend wildfire grows to 3,000 hectares

By Glenn Hicks
June 20, 2018 - 2:00pm Updated: June 21, 2018 - 9:48am

The wildfire burning near the northern community of Southend, forcing hundreds to flee, has quickly grown and now covers 3,000 hectares, or 30 square kilometres.

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