Fire update

Wildland Fire Update for August 18th, 2017

Two-hundred thirty (237) wildland fires have been reported to date in the Northwest Territories (NWT). One-hundred thirty-six (136) fires are active, and one hundred and one (101) fires are out. 991,688 hectares of forested land in the NWT has been affected to date.

Showers are expected in most regions over the weekend and cooler temperatures. The southern regions are expected to warm and dry out next week but Inuvik and the Sahtu will remain cool and wet.

Inuvik region

There have been twenty-four (24) fires to date. Twenty (20) fires are out, and four (4) are being monitored for values protection.
Fire EV-018 is approximately 13 kilometres north of Tsiigehtchic at 28,693 hectares. This fire has received a lot of rain and is no longer a fire of concern.
Fire EV-020 is approximately 23 kilometres south of Fort McPherson at 9,105 hectares. This fire has had a significant amount of rain and is no longer a fire of concern.

Sahtu Region

There have been thirty-four (34) fires to date. Eleven (11) fires have been declared out, and twenty-three (23) are being monitored for values protection.
Fire VQ-029 is approximately 26 kilometres northeast of Colville Lake at 4,719 hectares. Values protection has been done on cabins in the area and the fire continues to be monitored.
Fire VQ-016 is approximately 20 kilometres east of Fort Good Hope at 32,311 hectares. This fire has received limited action and continues to be monitored for values protection.

Dehcho Region

Twenty (20) fires have been reported to date. Thirteen (13) fires have been declared out, and six (6) fires are being monitored for values protection and one (1) fire is under control.

North Slave Region

Sixty-three (63) fires have been reported to date. Twenty-eight (28) have been declared out, and thirty-three (35) are being monitored for values protection. Smoke in the region is coming from fires in the South Slave region.

South Slave Region

There have been ninety-six (96) fires to date. Twenty-one (21) fires are out, one (2) is under control, sixty-three (63) are being monitored for values protection, and ten (10) have protection being done on properties.
Fires SS-15, 19, 30, 31, 44 and 72 in the Caribou Range have all joined into one fire that is approximately 396,870 hectares. There are currently twelve (12) values protection operations ongoing on these fires.
Fire SS-066 is approximately 13 kilometres southeast of Fort Providence at 185 hectares. This fire is under control and expected to be called out.

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.