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Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Active fires in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Issued: August 11, 2023

Parks Canada is currently monitoring five active wildfires in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, including one new fire observed on August 10th 2023. Parks Canada continues to monitor and assess known cultural and spiritual sites and structure protection will be placed on values at risk as required. These fires are being monitored through a combination of satellite monitoring and assessment flights conducted by Parks Canada fire management personnel.  

Safety is always the top priority for Parks Canada in all fire management operations. Visitors to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve are reminded to register their trips prior to departure, as this allows Parks Canada staff to inform visitors of relevant wildfire safety information. To register your trip to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, please visit Visitor Registration.

August 21, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

After a thorough assessment Parks Canada wildfire staff have deemed this fire “under control” and no further fire growth is expected. At this time there is no risk to the community of Łútsël K’é, cabins, and infrastructure. Additionally, there is no risk to any known cultural and spiritual sites within the vicinity of the fire. 

This is thanks to the strong and dedicated work by the GNWT wildfire team stationed in Łútsël K’é.

Shorter burning days, cooler weather and recent precipitation in the area has reduced the fire activity greatly.  Wildfire specialists observed very limited burning in the fire perimeter.

The wildfire has not breached the identified perimeter which includes the fire retardant line to the west and the creek to the east.

Parks Canada wildfire staff and wildfire management partners at the government of the Northwest Territories will continue to monitor the fire as they transition to clean up and demobilization of resources.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100. 

August 17, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

During this unprecedented fire season in NWT Parks Canada is committed to the safety of Łútsël K’é. 

Parks Canada continues to work with wildfire suppression partners at GNWT to manage this fire. The risk to Łútsël K’é remains low and wildfire specialists do not expect the fire to progress towards the community.

This morning (August 17th) the fire received 12mm of rain which will greatly decrease fire activity. Additionally, favorable scattered showers are forecasted for later this week, which will continue to keep the fire from growing towards the community. Satellite detection indicates that the fire has not breached containment lines and original perimeter. 

Parks Canada remains in communication with Łútsël K’é Dene First Nation leadership and are providing regular updates on fire management activities and community risk awareness.

Fires being monitored: 

These fires are burning in remote areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 14, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

The safety of Lutsel K’e is a top priority and the risk to community is limited at this time.

Today, fire crews will be accessing the fire to conduct an assessment, as well as, continue containment and suppression activities. Strong westerly winds were experienced yesterday (August 14th) and resulted in fire crews being unable to safely access the fire.

Residents of Lutsel K'e would have seen a large volume of smoke from the fire yesterday due to westerly winds. Wildfire activity did increase due to these winds. Satellite detection tools and on scene assessment by fire crews indicate that the fire has not breached the retardant line to the west of the creek and the natural fuel break to the north east.

The safety of Lutsel K'e, community members, and visitors remain top priority for Parks Canada as we continue to work with wildfire partners from GNWT to manage this fire.

Fires being monitored: 

These fires are burning in remote areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Weather

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. The long-term forecast is indicating a return to seasonal temperatures, with scattered precipitation in the coming days. This change in weather is expected to reduce fire danger within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, however the current fire danger forecast remains Very High.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 13, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

The safety of Lutsel K’e is a top priority and the risk to community is limited at this time.

The fire continues to burn in difficult, rocky terrain which has helped limit growth to the initial fire perimeter. Winds are forecasted to increase over the coming days, which may bring additional fire growth on the eastern flank of the fire. The forecasted winds will push the fire away from the community of Lutsel K'e. 

Wildfire crews were able to safely access the fire by boat yesterday (August 12th) to conduct an assessment. They were able to confirm that the fire had not breach the retardant line to the west or the natural fuel break to the east. Crews plan to access the fire by boat again today (August 13th) in order to conduct suppression activities within the fire perimeter and work towards containment.

Parks Canada continues to work with wildfire management partners from the Government of the Northwest Territories to manage this fire. Suppression and containment efforts will continue as conditions allow firefighters to safely access the fire.

Fires being monitored: 

These fires are burning in remote areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Weather

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. The long-term forecast is indicating a return to seasonal temperatures, with scattered precipitation in the coming days. This change in weather is expected to reduce fire danger within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, however the current fire danger forecast remains Very High.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 12, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

The safety of Lutsel K’e is a top priority and the risk to community is limited at this time.

Favourable southerly and westerly winds are forecast in the coming days, which will keep the fire from growing towards the community.

Parks Canada attempted to access the fire yesterday (August 11th) by helicopter for assessment and suppression activities, however, thick smoke significantly impacted visibility and made this unsafe and crews were not able to access the fire.

Assessment using satellite detection tools indicate that the fire did not grow significantly overnight. The fire retardant line laid to the west of the fire has continued to hold, and the fire has not breached natural fuel breaks to the northeast of the fire.

Parks Canada continues to work with wildfire management partners from the Government of the Northwest Territories to manage this fire. Crews are planning to access the fire to carry out suppression efforts on the ground today (August 12) if conditions allow. There is one crew from the GNWT responding to this fire with support from Parks Canada.

Fires being monitored

These fires are burning in remote areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Weather

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. The long-term forecast is indicating a return to seasonal temperatures, with scattered precipitation in the coming days. This change in weather is expected to reduce fire danger within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, however the current fire danger forecast remains Very High.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 11, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Fires of Note

2023TH5

At approximately 2 p.m. on August 10, Parks Canada was notified of a wildfire burning on the north shore of Stark Lake, approximately 12 km to the northeast of the Lutsel K’e airport. The fire was actioned by crews and aircraft immediately yesterday, which included laying fire retardant along the west perimeter of the fire to limit growth towards the community — the safety of the community of Lutsel K’e is a top priority.

Initial indications this morning show that the fire retardant line and natural fuel breaks held overnight. Parks Canada is working in partnership with wildfire partners from the territorial government to manage this fire. Resources from Parks Canada and Government of the Northwest Territories are responding as conditions allow.

An assessment is currently taking place and additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

Fires being monitored

These fires are burning in remote areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Weather

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. The long-term forecast is indicating a return to seasonal temperatures, with scattered precipitation in the coming days. This change in weather is expected to reduce fire danger within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, however the current fire danger forecast remains Very High.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 10, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Parks Canada continuing to monitor fires in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Parks Canada is monitoring five active wildfires in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, including one new fire observed on August 10 2023. All fires are in remote areas of the park, and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites. Parks Canada continues to monitor and assess known cultural and spiritual sites and structure protection will be placed on values at risk as required.

These fires are being monitored through a combination of satellite monitoring and assessment flights conducted by Parks Canada fire management personnel. The most recent aerial assessment was completed on August 9, 2023.

Safety is always the top priority for Parks Canada in all fire management operations. Visitors to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve are reminded to register their trips prior to departure, as this allows Parks Canada staff to inform visitors of relevant wildfire safety information. To register your trip to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, please visit: Visitor Registration.

New Fires

2023TH5

This is a new fire that was first observed on the afternoon of August 10. It is located approximately 15 km to the east of Lutsel K'e, on the north shore of Stark Lake. Parks Canada is working in partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories to assess and manage this fire and Parks Canada is working directly with the community of Lutsel K’e to provide updates to community members.

Fires being monitored

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,765 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay). During a recent assessment, one small area was observed burning at low intensity. This fire is located in a historic burn area with poor fuel, and is not expected to grow outside its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,400 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. On a recent assessment, there was no visible fire activity or smoke observed and it is not currently expected to grow outside of its current perimeter. This fire will continue to be monitored via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,565 hectares and has seen little growth recently. No visible smoke or fire activity were observed on this fire during a recent assessment flight, and it is not currently expected to grow further. Fire specialists will continue to monitor this fire via satellite and flight assessments.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery. One small area was observed burning at low intensity on the perimeter of the fire, but growth is expected to be limited. This fire will continue to be monitored with a combination of satellite imagery and assessment flights, as required.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Weather

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. The long-term forecast is indicating a return to seasonal temperatures, with scattered precipitation in the coming days. This change in weather is expected to reduce fire danger within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, however the current fire danger forecast remains Very High.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

Fire status map
August 1, 2023 - Fire Information Update

Parks Canada is monitoring four active wildfires in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. All fires are in remote areas of the park, and are not currently a threat to communities, infrastructure or known cultural or spiritual sites. Parks Canada continues to monitor and assess known cultural and spiritual sites and structure protection will be placed on values at risk as required. These fires are being monitored through a combination of satellite monitoring and assessment flights conducted by Parks Canada fire management personnel.

Safety is always the top priority for Parks Canada in all fire management operations. Visitors to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve are reminded to register their trips prior to departure, as this allows Parks Canada staff to inform visitors of relevant wildfire safety information. To register your trip to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, please visit: https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/nt/thaidene-nene/visit/inscription-registration

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is continuing to experience extreme dry conditions. While scattered precipitation over the weekend has helped to lower fire behaviour, fire danger is expected to increase throughout the week as limited precipitation is forecast.

2023TH1

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection. This fire is estimated to be 1,400 hectares and is located approximately 11km northwest of Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay) and is not predicted to reach the bay. Currently, the fire is in a historic burn area with poor fuel. It is anticipated this previous burn will limit the fire’s growth.

2023TH2

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is approximately 1,300 hectares in size. The fire is burning above the tree line in the barrens west of Thaıt'ë́th Tué (Ford Lake ) and northwest of Larocque Lake. The fire has not reached the shores of Ɂedacho Tué (Artillery Lake) and is not expected to based on current assessments.

2023TH3

This fire was first observed on July 22 by satellite detection and is burning above the tree line in the barrens immediately north of Thaı Tué Dare (Sandy Lake). This fire is estimated to be 2,200 hectares and is burning close to Sandy Lake but has not yet reached the north shore of the lake. Based on current and forecasted fire weather, that remains a possibility based on future weather and fire behaviour.

2023TH4

This fire was first identified on July 26 and is burning in the Snowdrift River Valley, approximately 13km northwest of Norman Lake and 25km northeast of Siltaza Lake. This fire is currently estimated to be 1,490 hectares based on satellite imagery.

Closures & Warnings

Based on current and forecasted conditions of extremely dry weather, a Visitor Campfire Ban is in effect for all areas of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. This includes all open fires, including wood burning fires in open fire pits, charcoal, briquette or wood barbecues, tiki torches and outdoor wood burning stoves. The use of camp stoves, BBQ’s, and gas-fuelled cooking devices is permitted. Flame height in these devices must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and diameter.

Please note that the use of fire for exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights by Indigenous peoples are exempt from these restrictions.

Smoke Forecasts & Air Quality

Communities surrounding Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve have been subject to poor air quality recently, primarily due to smoke from other fires throughout the Northwest Territories. Smoke may be visible from the Kaché/Reliance area. Visitors traveling via aircraft may experience delays as a result of inclement weather and heavy smoke and are encouraged to check flight plans with their charter company.

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

 

 

 

Current smoke forecasts
Canada’s Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index

Information

For more information or to report a wildfire, contact 1-780-852-3100.

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