Regional Fire Restrictions Implemented in Dehcho Regions on all Public and Private Lands Effective Immediately

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — May 10, 2024

Regional fire restrictions are being implemented prohibiting any open flames and other activities effective immediately.    

These restrictions are effective through May 24 and may be extended if necessary. They apply to following communities and land between them not under federal jurisdiction:


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

Maps for each regional ban are attached showing the extent of the area these restrictions apply to. The restrictions apply to all territorial parks. 

These bans are being implemented due to extreme wildfire danger and extraordinary weather conditions. These restrictions are intended to help protect communities, values at risk and our wildfire firefighters by limiting avoidable person-caused fires. A forecast wind event in the South Slave and Dehcho region means any new fires on the landscape may grow quickly and threaten people or property; and any fires on the landscape have risk of growing significantly.

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 the 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:

If you see violations, please report them by calling 1-877-NWT-FIRE (698-3473).  

For media requests, please contact:

Mike Westwick
Manager, Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation
Environment and Climate Change
Government of the Northwest Territories