GNWT responds to fire at Tin Can Hill


Department of Environment and Natural Resources fire personnel responded to a small fire on Tin Can Hill on the outskirts of Yellowknife, Saturday afternoon.

Meagan Wohlberg, information officer with NWT Fire, stated that a call for assistance was made to the area at about 3:30 p.m. and a helicopter and bucket were dispatched shortly thereafter to extinguish the fire.

The fire appears to have been person-caused, Wohlberg stated, however the City of Yellowknife has begun investigating.

Wohlberg stated the fire was located at a remote area of Tin Can Hill, which slopes steeply toward Yellowknife Bay. This made it difficult for city fire personnel and their vehicles to navigate the terrain.

“It was on top of the rocks close to the shore line,” she said. “The fire department could not reach it with their trucks.”

Yellowknifer was on scene and noted that police and fire fighters were present with a fire truck and a tanker, however the fire appeared under control.

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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and