Wildfire Update

 

Wildland Fire Update

Saturday, July 20, 2019

To report a forest fire, please call 1-877-NWTFIRE (698-3473) | 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week 

About the updates

Updates are posted online here, on our NWT Fire Facebook page and Twitter @NWTFire  ‪#‎NWTFIRE #FEUXTNO 

For more information, contact Public Affairs and Communications, Environment and Natural Resources, at 867-445-5484, or by email at nwtfire_info@gov.nt.ca .

Northwest Territories Summary

NWT Wildfire Update

Total number of fire(s): 78
Declared out: 54
New fire(s) reported since last update: 4
Fought fires under control: 3
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 17
Out of control or being held: 4
Hectares affected: 12,684

South Slave

South Slave Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 27
Declared out: 18
New fire(s) since last update: 3
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 7
Out of control or being held: 2
Hectares affected: 5,774

North Slave

North Slave Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 28
Declared out: 20
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 2
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 4
Out of control or being held: 2
Hectares affected: 2,599

  • ZF-022 – The fire approximately 80 km east of Yellowknife near Watta Lake was actioned by air tankers and 3 ground crews Thursday evening and is now being held. Crews continue to action the fire. The fire was caused by lightning and is currently 150 ha in size.

  • ZF-024 – The fire 42 km northwest of Yellowknife and south of Awry Lake (ZF024)  is now 1,300 ha and burning out of control northwest of Yellowknife. An Incident Management Team is conducting fire assessment activities to determine fire intensity and tactical actions for fire response. Planned response activities for today include air tanker retardant drops on the southern and eastern edges of the fire and ground deployment of fire crews. ENR is carrying out a controlled burning operation this afternoon. Residents in Yellowknife may be able to view additional smoke to the northwest of the city while this occurs. There remains no threat to the city of Yellowknife. There is no threat to the city of Yellowknife and the fire remains about 42 km away. The fire danger level remains extreme for the North Slave Region.

  • There are 4 new fires in the area southwest of Wekweètì. All were caused by lightning and are currently being monitored.

  • All other fires in the North Slave were initial attacked by air tankers and/or crews and are now under control or have been called out.

Dehcho

Dehcho Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 12
Declared out: 10
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 1
Out of control or being held: 1
Hectares affected: 3,502

Inuvik

Inuvik Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 3
Declared out: 1
New fire(s) since last update: 1
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 2
Out of control or being held: 0
Hectares affected: 128

Sahtu Region

Sahtu Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 8
Declared out: 5
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 3
Out of control or being held: 0
Hectares affected: 682

Fire Danger Level by region

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.

FireSmart

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.