Wildfire Update

Important safety information

Road conditions

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

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 fb.com/nwtparks for updates. For information on fire bans in the City of Yellowknife, visit www.yellowknife.ca.

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 wildfire.

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 wildfires. 


The FireSmart program offers residents the opportunity to reduce the risk to their property during a wildfire. FireSmart homes, cabins and neighborhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire, 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.