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Wildfire operations


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

Under the right weather and forest fuel moisture conditions, forests in the Northwest Territories support high-intensity wildfires 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.

To make sure we’re up to the challenge each year, the Government of the Northwest Territories invests in people, equipment, technology, and communication to manage wildfire effectively.

Wildfire Season

The NWT wildfire season begins May 1st and ends September 30th.

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