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EnvironmentWildre2TuesdayJune242014NEWSBRIEFSAklavikrescueteamscontinuesearchfortwomissingmalesSearchandrescueteamsarestillonthelookoutfortwomalesfromAklavikwhohavebeenmissingsinceJune17.AngusEdwards30andWalterMalegana63werelastseenleavingAklavikina16-footblueLundsh-ingboattravelingtowardsInuvik.SincebeingreportedoverduebyafriendteamsoflocalsearchandrescuevolunteersincludingmembersoftheRCMPandCana-dianCoastGuardAuxiliaryfromAklavikhavebeenpatrollingthedelta.Emergencyteamshavealsobeenputtogethertondthemusingboatsandaircraft.ThemenreportedlyleftAklavikwithlimitedprovisionsbutbothhaveexperienceontheland.TuktoyaktukmandeadafterskippingsnowmobileacrossicewaterA23year-oldmaleisdeadafterdrowningasaresultofasnowmobileaccident.BeforehisaccidenttheTuk-toyaktukmanwasseenskippinghissnowmobileacrossiceandwater.Themanwasunabletohoptheedgeofasolidicesheetwhichresultedinthesinkingofhimselfandhisvehicle.LocalRCMPmemberstheredepartmentsearchandrescueandlocalvolunteersaidedintherecoveryofthebodywhichwassubmergedforabout20minutesbeforebeinglocated.Themanwastakentothehealthcentrewhereeffortstorevivehimwereunsuccessful.Foulplayisnotsuspectedbutitisbelievedthatalcoholplayedafactorintheaccident.YellowknifeRCMPlookingintoFrameLakeTrailsexualassaultAnongoinginvestigationintoasexualassaultthattookplaceonJune14hasrevealedthatthesuspectwasknowntothevictimbeforethecrime.TheassaultoccurredinYellowknifeclosetotheFrameLakeTrailwhereasmallgroupwasreportedlypartyinginthesamearea.Theas-saultwasreportedtopoliceonJune15.IfanyonehasanyinformationinrelationtothisinvestigationtheyareaskedtocontacttheYellowknifeRCMPat669-1111ortocontacttheCrimestoppersat1-800-222-TIPS.BreakfastforLearningcoversnearlyeveryschoolintheNWTandover1300000breakfastswereservedtothechildrenintheprogramintheNWTalone.Over53millionbreakfastswereservedlastyearacrossCanada.SpecialthankstoourplatinumsponsorKasteelKonstructionandourPreferredAirlineSponsorFirstAir.FormoreinformationonhowtogetinvolvedinthisworthwhileCharitycontactLarryatHUBInternationalat867873-6398.THANKYOUSPONSORSForyourwonderfulsupportinhelpingraiseover47000duringthe2014HUBInternationalCharityGolfTournamentfortheBreakfastforLearningProgram.PhotoMeaganWohlbergBillowingsmokeisseenfromtheSaltRiverdayuseareainWoodBuffaloNationalParkwhereroadblocksweresetuplastweekpreventingtrafcfromenteringthePineLakearea.FortSmithplaguedbyoutofcontrolwildreinWoodBuffaloPhotoKarenPalmerByMARIACHURCHTheTownofFortSmithisstillonalertfromawildrethatcontinuestoburnoutofcontrolinWoodBuffaloNationalPark.ThewildresparkedbylightningonJune14blazedthroughmorethan65000hectaressouthwestofFortSmithnearPineLakeovertheweekandcausedplumesofdarksmoketobillowoverthecommunity.DespitetheominoussmokeParksCanadaandtheTownofFortSmithassuredresi-dentsthecommunitywasinnoimminentdangerfromthewildre.Therearenoresintheim-mediateareathatmaycauseadangertothecommunitythetownpostedonlinelastWednesday.ParksCanadaspokesper-sonTimGauthierconrmedwithTheJournalWednesdayafternoonthattheredoesnotthreatenthecommunityofFortSmith.DespitestillclassiedasoutofcontrolParksCan-adamaintainedthereisnotathreattothetownintheirrereportpostedthemorningofMondayJune23.Asaprecautionthetownurgesresidentstokeeptheirvehicleslledupwithgasre-moveammabledebrisfromtheiryardscuttheirgrassandwatertheirlawns.Southerlywindscausedsig-nicantsmoketoblowintoFortSmithlastweekwhichpromptedasmokewarningfromParksCanada.SmokewasalsoexpectedinFortChipewyanfromotherresinAlberta.PineLakeretimelineAccordingtoGauthierParksCanadarespondedtothereimmediatelylastweekbycallinginairtankerstodropwaterandreretardantattheheadofthereaswellasthesouthernandeasternankstoslowitsgrowthinthosedirections.BylastMondayeveningtheregrewto10000hectareswhichcausedParksCanadatocloseoffthePineLakeac-cessroadonlyallowingthosewithcabinsintheareapasttoretrievebelongings.OnTuesdaymorningaParksCanadaincidentman-agementteamwascalledintoassistParksremanage-mentcrewtobattletheblazewhichwasoneofveburninginthepark.OnTuesdayeveningParksconductedaburnoutoperationtoreducefuelsourcesbetweenthereandkeyvaluesatriskintheareawhichincludePineLakeRecreationAreaandthePineLakeroad.Bymidweekthewildregrewto33300hectaresandreachedlastyearsburnarea25kmoutsideoftownwhichlimiteditsgrowthtothenorthdespitethesoutherlywindsaccordingtoGauthier.OnFridayahighvolumesprinklersystemwasde-ployedtothePineLakeareaasaprecautionarymeasuretokeepamesawayfromParksfacilitiesandprivatecabins.Therecrewcontinuedtobattletheblazeovertheweek-endspreadingmarginallytotheeast.Theformerburnareacontinuestohaltgrowthto-wardsthecommunity.FirebanforDehchoSouthSlaveandNorthSlaveWiththeNWTexpectedtoseehotanddryconditionsoverthenextseveraldaysthegovernmentannouncedarebanforterritorialparksanddayuseareasintheDehchoSouthSlaveandNorthSlave.Onlycampstovesenclosedbarbecuesandpropanereringswithindesignatedrepitsarepermitted.Therehavebeen72resintheNWTin2014asofMon-day56ofwhicharestillactiveincludingsevenoutofcontrolorbeingheld.ThePineLakerehasburnedthroughmorethan65000hectaresasofMondaymorning.