Wildfire Update

 

Wildland Fire Update

Tuesday, June 25, 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): 40
Declared out: 27
New fire(s) reported since last update: 3
Fought fires under control: 2
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 8
Out of control or being held: 3
Hectares affected: 4319

South Slave

South Slave Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 15
Declared out: 12
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 1
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 2
Out of control or being held: 0
Hectares affected: 649

  • SS-013 - The fire is 10 Ha in size and 36 km from Kakisa. The fire was initial attacked by air tankers and helicopter. A fire crew from Fort Providence continues to action the fire, which is being held. Cause of the fire was lightning.

The South Slave region is engaged in planning and structural protection of values-at-risk near the NWT-Alberta border in the event that the Jackpot Creek Wildfire north of Steen River in Alberta continues moving northward and crosses into the NWT.

North Slave

North Slave Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 12
Declared out: 7
New fire(s) since last update: 3
Under control: 1
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 2
Out of control or being held: 3
Hectares affected: 116

  • ZF-011 is 6 Ha in size and is under control. The fire was initially attacked by air tankers. Two crews from Behchoko also began work on the fire last night and continue to put out hotspots today. The cause of the fire was lightning.

  • ZF-012 is about 14 Ha in size and was detected this afternoon. Air tankers and wildland fire crews are conducting an initial attack. There is no immediate threat to the community.

Dehcho

Dehcho Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 10
Declared out: 7
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 2
Out of control or being held: 1
Hectares affected: 3,495

  • FS-006 – Fire is 3.8 Ha in size and 16 km West of Jean Marie River. An initial attack was implemented and fire is under control. Cause of the fire was lightning.

Inuvik

Inuvik Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 1
Declared out: 1
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 0
Out of control or being held: 0
Hectares affected: 51

Sahtu Region

Sahtu Fire Danger Level

Total number of fire(s): 2
Declared out: 0
New fire(s) since last update: 0
Under control: 0
Fire(s) monitored for values protection: 2
Out of control or being held: 0
Hectares affected: 8

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.