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Cooler, wetter weather in the North is expected to help wildfire crews get a handle on the 63 new fire starts that have occurred in the past five days.
Cooler, wetter weather in the North is expected to help wildfire crews get a handle on the 63 new fire starts that have occurred in the past five days. File photo/Tyler Marr

Southend wildfire threat diminishes as officials prep for evacuees' return

By Glenn Hicks
June 26, 2018 - 12:21pm

Repatriation of hundreds of people back to the northern community of Southend has begun after the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation rescinded its general evacuation order late Monday.

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.

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