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Breaking:: Authorities set to provide latest update on N.W.T wildfire status at 7 p.m. MT Thursday



Thousands of Yellowknife residents are fleeing the approaching wildfires by road and by air. On Wednesday night, authorities said everyone had to be out of town by noon Friday. Watch his live update here Thursday night at 7pm MT.

The territorial government ordered the full evacuation of Yellowknife on Wednesday with a deadline of noon on Friday.

Update on the situation of wildfires in the NWT, August 17

Officials provide an update on the wildfire situation in the Northwest Territories and resulting evacuations.

Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane and other officials were set to provide an update Thursday night on the wildfire situation threatening Yellowknife and other nearby areas.

Thousands of Yellowknifers have been fleeing the capital by land and air as a massive wildfire approaches.

On Wednesday night, officials ordered the 22,000 residents to leave the city and the two nearby First Nations by noon on Friday, to allow for a safe and orderly escape before the smoke and flames got too close.

Authorities said the advance of the fire could reach the outskirts of Yellowknife by the weekend.

Several other NWT communities are also under evacuation orders due to nearby wildfires.

Thursday’s update will also air live on CBC Radio One in NWT, at 98.9 FM in Yellowknife.

Going territorialThe government has provided the following information for residents:

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