Hot, dry conditions fuel fires in B.C., Alta., N.W.T.

B.C. Wildfire shot this photo of a fire near Soda Creek, B.C., on Sunday, July 13, 2014. The fire...

B.C. Wildfire shot this photo of a fire near Soda Creek, B.C., on Sunday, July 13, 2014. The fire was estimated to be 12 hectares in size. Hot and dry conditions in B.C., Alberta and the Northwest Territories have fueled wildfires, mostly started by lightening. (Photo: bcwildfire.ca/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

Hot and dry conditions are helping forest fires spread in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

There are 60 wildfires in B.C., which have affected 7,840 hectares of land. In Alberta, just six fires have scorched 12,000 hectares while in the N.W.T., one of the worst fire seasons in recent memories has seen more than 842,200 hectares destroyed. There have been a total of 173 fires, and just 30 are out.

Most of the fires have been caused by lightning strikes.

The N.W.T. Department of Transportation closed a 200 km stretch of Hwy. 3 between Fort Providence and Edzo Sunday because smoke from nearby forest fires is reducing visibility.

N.W.T. Parks has been forced to close at least one campground due to extreme fire conditions and have issued fire bans at all parks in the North Slave Region "due to the extremely dry weather conditions."

On Friday, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) issued an order restricting all recreational, industrial and public access to an area southwest of Edmonton near Hwy. 11 and east of Banff National Park. ESRD said the wildfire's "behaviour and fire hazard conditions are extreme" and heavy smoke reduced visibility on sections of Hwy. 11 where crews set up information barricades to ask motorists to proceed with caution.

In B.C., an evacuation order was recommended for Kluskus Indian Reserve in the Prince George area due to the threat of one fire estimated to be 1,600 hectares in size Sunday night.

On Friday, 21 out-of-province firefighters arrived in B.C. to help and more were expected.


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