Fire update

Wildland Fire Update for June 26, 2017


Nine (9) new fires have been reported in the Northwest Territories since the last update. Total number of fires reported in 2017 is 39, affecting about 3,158 hectares. Twenty-five (25) fires have been declared out, 11 are out of control and three(3) are under control.

Person-Caused Fires in North Slave Region

Four (4) of the five (5) fires reported in the North Slave Region this year are suspected person-caused. The cause of all four fires is under investigation. Anyone with any information about these fires is asked to contact the ENR North Slave Regional Office at 767-9238 ext. 53234. The person or persons found responsible for setting these fires will be charged.

Every person who is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to fine not less than $25 and not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a term of not less than 30 days and not exceeding two years or both as well as recovery of expenses for fighting the fire.

Fires of Interest

Fire VQ-012 – The fire, started by lightning on June 25th, is under control. It is located about 44 km northwest of Tulita. The fire received rain today. It does not pose a threat to any communities or values at risk.

ZF-004 – The person-caused fire started on June 24th. The fire is located about 50 km east of Yellowknife in the Pickerel Lake. Crews are mopping up the fire now

ZF-005 – This suspected person-caused fire was started on June 25th on an island in Frame Lake within the City of Yellowknife. The fire is out.

Extreme fire weather is predicted for the North Slave Region and parts of the South Slave Region during the next two days. Hot, dry and windy conditions as well as dry lightning are forecasted for these areas. Fire danger in the North Slave is high to extreme. Fire danger in the South Slave is high to extreme today and low to medium in most areas, except Fort Resolution, tomorrow.

Cooler, wet weather forecasted for the Inuvik, Sahtu and Dehcho Regions for next two days. Fire danger in most areas is low to medium.

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


Road conditions

For 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 closurescan be found on NWT Parks website.

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

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.