Update: The wildfire is now at about 45,530 hectares in size, growing over 18,000 hectares in the last 24 hours. The fire continues to burn along the Mackenzie River about 90 km east of Tsiigehtchic. Crews are monitoring this fire for values protection.

The lightning-caused wildfire started last week along the Mackenzie River about 90 km east of Tsiigehtchic grew to about 27,319 hectares in size after being 7,236 hectares in size 24 hours ago.

NWT Fire says that crews are monitoring this fire and set up sprinklers at a cabin 30 km northwest of the fire. Conditions in the region are dry and windy and the fire danger rating remains high.

Other NWT wildfires include 41 fires to date in the South Slave region affecting about 11,760 hectares. 19 of them have been declared out and all other fires in the region are currently being monitored. Fire danger in the region today is moderate to high in the west.

There have been 14 fires to date in the Sahtu region affecting about 3,697 hectares. Five of them have been declared out, and nine are still being monitored. Fire danger for today remains high to extreme in the north as areas such as Norman Wells and Fort Good Hope have been hit with a special air quality statement.

In the Deh Cho region, there have been 19 fires to date affecting about 3,991 hectares. 10 of them have been declared out, three are under control, and six are still being monitored. Fire danger is moderate in Fort Liard and low in the rest of the region.