Fire update

Wildland Fire Update for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Twenty (20) new fires have been reported in the Northwest Territories since the last update bringing the total number of fires to 126, affecting 121,953 hectares. 57 fires have been declared out, 57 fires are being monitored for values protection, one fire is under control and 11 fires are out of control or being fought.

Fire danger

Fire danger today is high to extreme in the North Slave and South Slave Regions; moderate to high in the Dehcho Region and low in the Inuvik and Sahtu regions.

Inuvik Region

Twenty (20) fires have been reported to date in the Inuvik region affecting 6,666 hectares. Nineteen (19) of the fires have been declared out and one (1) fire is being monitored for values protection.

Dehcho Region

Fifteen (15) fires have been reported to date in the Deh Cho region affecting 1,375 hectares. Thirteen (13) have been called out and 2 are receiving limited action to protect values. Fire FS-015 approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Fort Simpson is receiving limited action to protect values in the area and being reassessed today. The fire is not posing a threat to the village of Fort Simpson.

South Slave Region

Thirty-four (34) fires have been reported to date in the South Slave region affecting 18,145 hectares. Seventeen (17) have been called out; ten (10) fires are being monitored and seven (7) are receiving limited action to protect values.

North Slave Region

Thirty-six (36) fires have been reported to date in the North Slave region affecting 35,879 hectares. Seventeen (17) fires are out; Seventeen (18) are being monitored for values protection and one (1) is under control. Six (6) of the fires are suspected person caused and are under investigation.

ZF-035 – Fire, located approximately 10 km east of Blatchford Lake, is approximately three (3) hectares in size. Crews have been mopping up and it is expected to be out today.
ZF-033 – Fire, located approximately 5 km northwest of Hamilton Bay in the east arm of Great Slave Lake, is approximately 200 hectares in size. ENR is currently assessing the fire and doing values protection in the area. 

Any southeast winds could blow smoke from these fires towards Yellowknife. Northwest winds could also push some smoke from fires near Wekweeti towards Yellowknife. You can visit to see where the smoke is coming from in your area.

Sahtu Region

Thirty (30) fires have been reported to date in the Sahtu region affecting 119,591 hectares. Four (4) of the fires have been declared out; twenty-four (24) are being monitored and four (4) are receiving limited action to protect values.

Smoke forecasts

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Travelers on the Dempster Highway are advised the road is now open but closures are possible if temperatures increase. Visit for updates on the current road conditions in the Yukon.

For more information

For more information, call Public Affairs and Communications - Wildland Fire Information at 867 445-5484 or email


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.

Follow NWT Parks on Twitter at @NWTParks or Facebook at for updates.

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.