The Northwest Territories is suffering through one of the worst summers for forest fires in decades and the photos are otherworldly.
(Credit: Laura MacNeill)
More than 100 large fires are raging in the northern territory
Hot dry conditions and lots of lightning have led to most of the blazes
The fires are so large that they can be seen from space
And the smoke is causing air quality problems as far away as Saskatchewan, Manitoba and even the USA
Let's hope everyone up north stays safe
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