Little Doctor Lake Wildfire Update

Public Service Announcement

Fort Simpson — July 13, 2021

Two cabins lost due to wildfire.

Two cabins on Little Doctor Lake outside of Fort Simpson were burned in a wildfire over the weekend.

Wildfire FS-019 was detected at Little Doctor Lake on Saturday, July 10. 

Due to extreme fire behaviour and heavy smoke, crews were unable to access the fire until Sunday, when crews discovered the two burned cabins.

The fire is currently 6500 hectares in size and is classified at out-of-control.

Crews are assessing the risk to other values in the area and undertaking value protection efforts where required.

Wildfires can become aggressive and get out of control quickly.

Taking simple steps to remove fuel sources around your home can help control your risk.

  • Focus on 10 metres around your home. Cut your grass, clean up vegetation, dry sticks, and anything else that can burn.
  • Consider a sprinkler system to keep the ground damp.

For more information on reducing your wildfire risk, please visit:

For media requests, please contact:

Jaimee Kepa

Wildfire Information Officer

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories