According to Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger, “At one point we were going through a million dollars a day,” trying to keep populated communities, highways and essential services safe and fully functioning. A local hospital has seen twice the average number of lung complaints (source) thanks to the massive fluctuations in air quality. (I've become rather obsessed with watching the AQI fluctuate between Yellow (decent but not great), Purple (bad), and Dark Maroon (Really, Really bad) for a while now... needless to say the windows are only open when the air quality is hovering at some level of green.
The Huffington Post has put together an excellent collection of images taken of the fires and surrounding areas, you can view them HERE
At the end of the day, the NWT really needs some positive thoughts, prayers and a really good rain dance or two.