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NWT Landfill fire enters its third week

Tuesday, March 19th 2019, 1:56 pm - The fire has been burning since March 3rd.

A un upper ridge that's ushering in warmer-than-normal temperatures across the western half of Canada and stretching as far as the Northwest Territories is contributing to dry and warm conditions in the NWT town of Hay River, where a landfill fire has been burning since the 3rd of March.

According to the town's Facebook page, crews are making progress but smoke continues to create air quality issues.

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Environment Canada (EC) has issued an air quality statement for the area, warning of reduced visibility.

"Westerly winds are forecast to push smoke to the east until Tuesday evening when winds are expected to shift to a more southwesterly direction and become light," EC says in a statement.

"A slightly stronger southerly wind is expected for Wednesday but the smoke plume is still expected to remain to the east of the townsite."

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Children, seniors and people with pre-exisiting health conditions are expecially vulnerable to smoke-related complications.

"Those who are most vulnerable should reduce their time outside, and keep windows and doors closed," EC says.

The city continues to provice ongoing assessments about the status of the fire on its Facebook page.

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