Forest firefighting crews continue to battle a wildfire on the outskirts of Port Hardy, and have made some major progress in ongoing efforts to contain the blaze.

That from Port Hardy Mayor Hank Bood who adds he is very pleased that earlier, residents rallied to help those evacuated from their homes.

Bood says the smaller blaze burning closer to town has been completely extinguished, and crews continue to gain the upper hand on the larger blaze further away from town, and he concedes this is a very challenging fire for crews…

Bood says firefighters have done an excellent job in battling those wildfires.