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Yellowknife Looks Like Beijing Right Now (PHOTOS)

07/28/2014 12:01 EDT | Updated 07/28/2014 12:59 EDT

It has a population of around 20,000 people. This weekend it looked as polluted as a sprawling metropolis of millions.

Yellowknife was blanketed with smoke from raging wildfires this weekend, making the city look more like Beijing than a sleepy Arctic outpost.

This is what it looked like on Sunday

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And this is what it usually looks like

(Credit: André Corbeil)

A massive fire is burning just outside the city



On Sunday the air quality index went to 10+

That's the highest possible rating

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A real-time index shows Yellowknife actually had worse air than Beijing over the weekend

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The NWT is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in decades

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Smoke from the blazes has even reached the U.S. border

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More than one million hectares of land have been affected

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And the fires are still raging

Let's hope the firefighters protecting the north get a break soon

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