Fire update

Wildland Fire Statistics for 2017 Season

As of September 21, there have been 252 wildland fires which burned 1,029,000 hectares in the Northwest Territories.

Currently, there are 66 fires burning in the territory.

The regional breakdown for wildland fires in 2017 is:

  • Inuvik Region – 25 fires and 46,415 hectares
  • Sahtú Region – 38 fires and 156,338 hectares
  • Dehcho Region – 22 fires and 13,792 hectares
  • North Slave Region – 67 fires and 102,614 hectares
  • South Slave Region – 100 fires and 710,644 hectares


For more information

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Road conditions

For information on road conditions and closures, please check the Department of Transportation website, call DOT at 1-800-661-0750 or follow DOT on Twitter @GNWT_DOT

Fire bans and park closures

Information about fire bans and territorial park closures can be found on NWT Parks website.

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For information on fire bans in the City of Yellowknife, visit

Use caution with fires

People are advised to use caution with campfires, if they are necessary for cooking or keeping warm. Please NO bonfires. Burn permits are required any fire other than cooking or warmth. Do not leave any fire UNATTENDED even if you are camping in a Territorial Park. Make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again.

Do not let carelessness be the cause of a wildland fire.

Everyone's responsibility

The Government of the Northwest Territories advises property owners and communities to reduce their risk of loss from fire. Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and protect their homes, cabins and communities from the risk of wildland fires.


The FireSmart program offers residents the opportunity to reduce the risk to their property during a wildland fire. FireSmart homes, cabins and neighborhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting the wildland fire, which ultimately protects more homes and lives. If you would like to find out more on how to become FireSmart, please contact your local community government, Environment and Natural Resources office or see FireSmart.