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Partial restoration of telecommunications in the Yukon

Partial restoration of telecommunications in the Yukon

Cable and cellphone service has been restored in much of Whitehorse, the Yukon capital, as well as northern British Columbia, Regional Communications Services Corporation Northwestel said in a statement Saturday evening. 9-1-1 service has been restored in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories.

However, cellular communications have not yet been restored in affected areas of the Northwest Territories, including the Mackenzie Valley, Fort Simpson, Nahani Butte and Fort Liard, the press release specified. The grid has been restored in the Beaufort-Delta area.

Wildfires burning near Fort Liard, in the Northwest Territories, and Fort Nelson, in British Columbia, have been damaging communications connections in the Yukon since Friday evening, particularly hurting access to 911 service.

The collapse of telecommunications services in Yukon has led to the closure of some businesses.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Claudian Samson

On Saturday evening, it was the government of Nunavut's turn to inform Nunavummiut of a possible interruption of phone services and internet connections in the territory.

Fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia have destroyed communications infrastructure, causing Internet and phone issues [résidentiel] and cell phone coverage in the Yukon, northern British Columbia, Mackenzie Valley and Beaufort Delta areas of northwest Texas.The company warned during the day on Saturday.

Tammy April behind the microphone in the studio.

Northwestel's vice president of consumer experience, Tammy April, was interviewed on CBC during a communications outage in the Yukon due to wildfires.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Claudian Samson

Repairs to the fiber optic link were made difficult by the fire, said Tami April, Northwestel's vice president.

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