GN issues state of emergency for Bathurst Inlet wildfire
Fires broke out in Western Nunavut area on Wednesday
A state of emergency has been declared by the Government of Nunavut for a wildfire in the area of Bathurst Inlet.
Minister of Community and Government Services David Joanise made the declaration on Aug. 10, a GN media release said Friday.
“Like most Canadian jurisdictions, Nunavut is experiencing first-hand the impacts of climate change,” Joanasie said in the release.
While wildfires are not common to Nunavut, they pose a risk when approaching people, communities or industry.
Bathurst Inlet, located in the Kitikmeot region, is 300 kilometres east of Kugluktuk. There is no settlement in Bathurst Inlet.
But Sabina Gold and Silver Corp., now known as B2Gold Corp., built a port and tank farm in the area in 2018 for its Back River gold mine project.
The wildfire in Bathurst Inlet started on Aug. 9.
Joanasie is issuing a do not enter order and an evacuation order for anyone in the area.
By ordering a state of emergency, the GN has access to additional resources to address the wildfire.
The state of emergency will be in effect for 14 days, from Aug. 10 to 23.