Prior to a Friday at noon evacuation deadline form Wildfire, Yellowknife residents are rushing to escape the northern Canadian city by plane and car.

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At the airport, there are hours-long lines and hundreds of travelers have been turned away from crowded planes.

Long traffic lines on the main thoroughfare are a result of officials’ concern that the road might be closed as the wildfire gets closer.

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There are 240 fires in the Northwest Territories, and on Thursday, one of them was about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Yellowknife.

On Saturday, the city’s periphery, which is inhabited by 20,000 people, might be in danger.

After loading her camper van with her essential things and her two dogs, Angela Canning told the Associated Press, “I’m really anxious, I’m scared, I’m emotional.”

She remarked, “I don’t know if I’ll go home again or what I’ll discover when I do. There are just many unknowables in this situation.

Authorities ordered the evacuation on Wednesday because they are concerned that the major road into and out of the city may be closed off before the fire even gets that far.

In Calgary, Alberta, reception areas have been set up to receive evacuees arriving by plane or vehicle.

In other areas of the territory, about 7,000 people have had to leave their homes due to evacuation orders, while western Canada is also experiencing its worst fire season on record.

The city of Kelowna in British Columbia has declared a state of emergency, and officials there warn that the upcoming days could be among the “most difficult of the summer.”

A sizable line of people in Yellowknife had gathered outside a nearby high school on Thursday as they waited to sign up for evacuation planes out of the city.

Police and military men proceeded down the line while it was lightly raining, passing out chairs, snacks, and water.

Amy Kennedy, the government’s director of communications, however, announced by afternoon local time that just 400 additional passengers could be airlifted out of Yellowknife.

We recognize how extremely frustrating this is for individuals who have waited in line for several hours and will have to wait in line once more the following day, Ms. Kennedy wrote.

She claimed that people who had mobility challenges and those with compromised immune systems had been moved up the line.

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Officials stated in a briefing on Thursday night that 22 planes were scheduled to fly on Friday and that 1,800 passengers should be able to board those flights.

According to them, 5,000 individuals must depart Yellowknife by plane.

Locals have charged WestJet and Air Canada with raising the cost of departures from the city as well as the change costs for passengers with impending flights into Yellowknife.

An Air Canada representative told that direct flight prices had been limited and that the company was now expanding its regular operations in the city.

He did, however, mention that there were “limitations being imposed on flying due to the fires” and that Air Canada had canceled flights for the day on Saturday.

WestJet informed the publication that it has changed prices to prevent “price escalation” and was cancelling change costs for passengers flying to Yellowknife within the next five days.

Additionally, other airlines have been invited to assist with the city’s exodus.

The city’s mayor and the prime minister reportedly “touched base” to talk about the current state of affairs.

He wrote on X, the site that replaced Twitter, “I reaffirmed our government’s commitment to providing support both now and in the days and weeks ahead.”

The Northwest Territories are home to about 46,000 people, and the Canadian military has been organizing the biggest airlift evacuation operation in the area’s history.

Additionally, evacuation orders have been issued for the towns of Fort Smith, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Hay River, Enterprise, and Jean Marie River.

An order to evacuate Kakisa, a town of 40 people located 130 km from Hay River, was given on Thursday.

With roughly 1,100 active flames throughout the nation, Canada is experiencing its worst wildfire season on record.

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Experts have determined that the culprit is the unusually warm and dry spring.

According to scientists, climate change is making it more probable that hot, dry weather that might cause wildfires will occur.

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