Yellowknife: Firefighters battling a wildfire near the capital of the Northwest Territories are back on the offence after a weekend of cooler temperatures and rain offered some reprieve.

Fire information officer Mike Westwick says crews are in a position to directly attack that fire.

Flames remain about 15 kilometres from Yellowknife, whose 20,000 people were largely evacuated by road and air. 

Fires are much closer to other communities that have also been evacuated.

One is about eight kilometres away from Hay River, a town of about 3,500 people on the south shore of Great Slave Lake. 

Another is about four kilometres from Fort Smith, a community of 2,500 people along the Alberta-Northwest Territories-boundary. — Canadian Press

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