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Canada: Forest fire prompts closure of hydroelectric plant in Northwest Territories

July 4, 2014 - 6:00am


The Taltson hydroelectric plant in the Northwest Territories had to be shut down recently due to a forest fire, officials said. A total of 123 forest fires have been registered this fire season, with at least 92 still burning, CBC.ca reported.

Bill Mawdsley, director of forest management with the Department of Environment in Fort Smith, said "we're observing extreme drought." Mr. Mawdsley added that "everything right from the mineral soil right to the top of the trees is burning."

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