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
And this is what it usually looks like
A massive fire is burning just outside the city
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On Sunday the air quality index went to 10+
That's the highest possible rating
The NWT is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in decades
Smoke from the blazes has even reached the U.S. border
More than one million hectares of land have been affected
And the fires are still raging
Let's hope the firefighters protecting the north get a break soon
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