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Fire restrictions

Regional fire restrictions are being implemented prohibiting any open flames and other activities effective immediately. The restrictions are effective through the end of the day August 2, 2024, and may be extended if necessary.

They apply to following communities and land between them not under federal jurisdiction:

  • Yellowknife
  • Behchokǫ̀
  • Whati
  • Wekweeti
  • Gameti
  • Łutsel K'e

The restrictions apply to all territorial parks and protected areas.

These bans are being implemented due to high to extreme wildfire danger and extraordinary weather and drought conditions. They are intended to help protect communities, values at risk, and wildland firefighters by limiting avoidable person-caused fires which could become a threat to people and property.

Terms of fire ban – you may not:

  • Start, tend, or use open fire outdoors, including in an open fire pit or burn barrel
  • Discharge firearms with incendiary or tracer ammunition
  • Shoot or detonate exploding targets
  • Shoot fireworks or firecrackers
  • Ignite sky lanterns
  • Ignite signal flare devices or pyrotechnic bear bangers unless in an emergency situation
  • Store flare devices, bear bangers, fireworks, or firecrackers in a manner that may cause them to be ignited
  • Burn permits are temporarily cancelled while this order is in effect

The use of closed stoves, barbeques, furnaces, or other devices suitable for containing fire may be used (including CSA or ULC-approved gas and propane barbeques and fire pits). The use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

For the latest wildfire updates, visit NWT Fire online and on Facebook. For the latest public safety information, visit the Public Safety website. For the latest highway conditions, visit the Highway Conditions Map.


If you see violations, please report them by calling 1-877-NWT-FIRE.