FireSmart® Starts in Your Backyard Contest to run on Ingraham Trail

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Yellowknife — August 5, 2021

The FireSmart® Starts in Your Backyard contest is back – this time focusing on the Ingraham Trail.

The contest is meant to encourage folks to practice FireSmart® principles to reduce their risk of wildfire damage.

FireSmart® principles are proven to work – taking simple, often inexpensive, steps can help protect homes and cabins from wildfires – even if it reaches the property.

All Ingraham Trail residents and cabin owners are eligible for the contest.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the free FireSmart Begins at Home app at This new app is easy to use on your phone and can show you how to protect your property from wildfire.
  2. Use the app to reduce wildfire risks in the Home Ignition Zone. Whether it’s removing dry leaves and pine needles around your home’s foundation, roof, gutter or deck, moving wood piles at least 10 metres from your home or cabin, or keeping your lawn mowed and watered, we want to see what you’ve done this fire season!
  3. Tell us about it! Fill out the entry form and email before and after photos showing what you did to protect your home or cabin, and you’ll be entered into the draw.

Three winners will be selected from entrants on the Ingraham Trail. Each will receive a wildfire protection kit valued at $2300 including one water pump, a hose, and sprinklers for their homes.

For entry forms, prizes and full contest details, including plenty of FireSmart ideas, visit:

Contest closes September 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced on September 10, 2021.


“Wildfire fighters are out there working hard to keep us all safer, but they can’t do it all and they can’t always save every value at risk. Preventing wildfires is everyone’s responsibility – and practising FireSmart® principles is one way to do your part and keep your home, cabin, and community safer. I encourage everyone on the Ingraham Trail to get involved.”


- Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources


Quick facts

  • The Ingraham Trail Residents’ Association has been provided facilities to dispose of brush along the Ingraham Trail to support the contest.
  • FireSmart® is a national program based on tried-and-tested ways to reduce the risk of structure damage when wildfire encroaches.
  • FireSmart® isn’t just about the fire season – it’s a year-long activity that anyone can do to protect their place from wildfire.
  • FireSmart® Starts in Your Backyard ran in 2020 in a territory-wide effort.
  • The Ingraham Trail is being targeted in this year’s event as there is a large population with significant interaction between forests and structures which could be damaged by wildfire – along with significant wildfire activity in the area in the past.


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Mike Westwick

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Environment and Natural Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories