Regional Fire Restrictions Implemented in Dehcho Region

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — June 20, 2024

Effective at 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2024, fire restrictions in the Dehcho region are being implemented prohibiting any open flames on all public and private lands.   

These restrictions are effective through July 3, 2024, and may be extended if necessary.

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

  • Sambaa K’e
  • Fort Liard
  • Wrigley
  • Nahanni Butte
  • Fort Simpson
  • Jean Marie River

A map for the regional ban showing the extent of the area these restrictions apply to is attached. The restrictions apply to all territorial parks in the region.

These restrictions are being implemented due to high to extreme wildfire danger, drought conditions and a high risk of new ignitions due to lightning. They are and are intended to help protect communities, values at risk and our wildfire firefighters by limiting avoidable person-caused fires which could become a threat to people and property.

Terms of fire restrictions: 

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 the order is in effect

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 is exempt from these restrictions.

For the latest:

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


For media requests, please contact:

Mike Westwick

Manager, Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation

Environment and Climate Change

Government of the Northwest Territories