GNWT Emergency Bulletin
September 11, 2017
Nahanni Butte Wildfire
During the evening and night of September 07, a wildfire which has been burning approximately 10km from Nahanni Butte experienced aggressive growth toward the community due to high winds increasing the risk to the community. The community experienced high winds, heavy smoke and ash, prompting an evacuation.
The evacuees returned to Nahanni Butte in the early afternoon of September 09 without incident. Currently, the wildfire is approximately 8000 hectares in size and approximately 5km west-southwest of Nahanni Butte. While risk levels remain elevated, it is assessed that there is no direct threat to the community. Given cooler weather conditions and higher humidity levels, the fire is likely to hold and smolder in place for several weeks. Intermittent smoke can be expected around the community over the next several days.
ENR is maintaining operations focusing on actioning hot spots and community protection activities. Crews are expected to remain on the ground in and around the community over the next few days.
The EMO will continue to monitor the situation while risk levels remain elevated and work with the community to ensure the safety of Nahanni Butte residents. Unless the threat level increases this will be the final update on this wildfire.
Information current as of 12:00 p.m., September 11, 2017.
Government of the Northwest Territories departments are working together with community governments and other organizations and agencies to monitor and respond to potential threats to public safety, communities and critical infrastructure in the Northwest Territories.
The NWT Emergency Plan sets out the policy and guidance whereby GNWT agencies and their partners support local emergency operations, and meet a collective responsibility to provide a prompt and coordinated response management for territorial emergencies.
Information to help individuals prepare their family and pets for an emergency are available on the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs’ website.
To report a community emergency, contact the NWT Emergency Measures Office 24 hours a day at 867-920-2303.
Below is a list of websites with the most recent, accurate official information to help keep residents informed on issues related to their communities. For more information, please contact the appropriate department representative.
- Updates on NWT wildland fires are published on the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) website and Facebook page.
- The NWT Fire website provides daily wildland fire situation reports for the NWT and five regions, a live map of wildland fire activity lightning activity and fire danger.
- Smoke Forecasts can be seen at Blue Sky Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecast
- To report smoke or fire in the forest, call ENR at 1-877-NWT-FIRE (1-877-698-3473)
- The Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing information about road closures on its Road Conditions page. The department aims to update information every four to five hours between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, or as significant developments occur.
- You can also follow DOT on twitter at @GNWT_DOT to receive the latest updates from Transportation, or call 1-800-661-0750.
Air Quality and Public Health Advisories
- The Chief Public Health Officer has published the following information:
- Information about air quality in the NWT is available from the NWT Air Quality Monitoring Network. Air quality information may also be posted to Environment Canada’s Public Weather Alerts page.
Current advisories and information that are of concern to the health of NWT residents can be found on the Public Health Advisories page.
- You can also follow @NWT_CPHO on Twitter for public health information.
Fire Bans and Park Closures
- Information about fire bans and territorial park closures will be found under alerts on Industry, Tourism and Investment’s NWT Parks website.
- You can also follow NWT Parks on Twitter at @NWTParks or Facebook at fb.com/nwtparks for updates.
Each department or organization is responsible for updating their pages on their own as required by the current situation. Requests for information or updates should be directed to the responsible department.