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Nahanni National Park Reserve

Active fires in Nahanni National Park Reserve & Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve

Issued: August 04, 2023

August 3rd, 2023 – Parks Canada continues to monitor three naturally occurring fires in Nahanni National Park Reserve and Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve. These fires are in remote areas of the park reserve and pose no threat to visitors, infrastructure, or nearby communities at this time.

This will be the last Fire Information Update for Nahanni and Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserves at the present time. Additional updates will only be issued if the wildfire situation evolves.

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact the Nahanni/Nááts’įhch’oh Duty Officer at 867-695-6572.

Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve

Number of fires: 1
Current Fire Danger: Low

Fire 2023NC1

Fire 2023NC1 is located approximately 1.2km west of the Broken Skull River along the Nahanni/Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve boundary. This fire does not currently pose any threat to cabins, infrastructure, or visitors currently on the Broken Skull River. Visitors in the park and those with upcoming reservations have been notified of the location of this fire and are being asked to camp at least 7km away from the area. Fire specialists have flown this area and have no immediate concerns. Monitoring is ongoing, and if significant growth towards the river is forecast, visitors will be promptly informed of any potential impacts to river travel or anticipated restrictions.

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Number of fires: 2
Current Fire Danger: Low

Fire 2023NA1

Fire 2022NA1 is located near the Ram River in a remote area of Nahanni National Park Reserve. This fire has seen limited fire activity in recent weeks, and does not pose any threat to infrastructure, cabins, or visitors. It has burned approximately 57,000 hectares and continues to be monitored by fire personnel.

Fire 2023NA2

Fire 2023NA2 is approximately 10km east of the Yukon border in the southwest corner of the park reserve. This lightning-caused fire is estimated to be 1,400 hectares in size. 2023NA2 has seen limited fire activity in recent weeks, and does not pose any threat to infrastructure, cabins, or visitors. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire.

If you are planning to travel and camp in either Nahanni National Park Reserve or Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve this summer, visitors are reminded to keep cooking fires to fireboxes and firepits provided in designated campsites only. Keep fires small and conservative, dispose of cigarette butts properly and extinguish all fires before leaving camp. Soak, stir, and soak again with water until fire embers and coals are cool to the touch.

If you see fire burning immediately adjacent to the river while paddling, watch for rolling logs or debris and contact the Nahanni/Nááts’įhch’oh Duty officer at 867-695-6572 with any concerns or fire behaviour updates.

Smoke forecasts and air quality:

Communities surrounding Nahanni and Nááts’įhch’oh have been subject to poor air quality this summer, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout northern British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Local smoke created by fires within the Park Reserves remains low, however smoke will settle in some valleys and canyons, depending on fire activity and wind conditions. Smoke may be visible from Fort Simpson, Nahanni Butte, and most locations in the park. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke, including those with day flightseeing tours into Náįlįcho, and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts: https://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/current/

Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork): https://weather.gc.ca/firework/index_e.html

Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index: https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/index_e.html

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact the Nahanni/Nááts’įhch’oh Duty Officer at 867-695-6572.

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