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About wildland fire in the NWT

The boreal forest is one of the North’s most valuable natural resources. Its animals and plants have sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

Under the right weather and forest fuel moisture conditions, forests in the Northwest Territories (NWT) support high-intensity wildland fires that are virtually unstoppable. These fires are often naturally occurring with the potential to spread quickly over great distances and to place people and community infrastructure at risk.

NWT Fire Crew briefing 2015

Wildland fire operations

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is responsible for wildland fire management, prevention and protection in the NWT.

Managing wildland fire is important for protecting the ecological integrity and economic potential of the boreal forest.

The NWT wildland fire season begins May 1st and ends September 30th. During this time, fires can start, spread, and cause risk to human life, property and important natural and cultural resources.