Fire Chief issues fire ban – Will stay in effect until area sees precipitation

Kristen Campbell/NNSL 
The territory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources is listing their fire warning as moderate, and have not issued a fire ban. However, Hay River’s fire chief has issued a ban in town.

A fire ban has been issued for the Town of Hay River, as hot temperatures and little precipitation have been the norm in the area.

The ban was posted on May 28, and Fire Chief Ross Potter said that the ban will continue until the community sees some rain. 

“The NWT Fire Rating across the South Slave is high to extreme, which indicates to me that everything is dry particularly due to temperatures and dry winds,” said Potter. “The ban is in effect until the fire ratings drop down to moderate again and I would suggest that, that isn’t going to happen until we get some precipitation.”

Potter said that fire bans specify that no open fires such as burning brush or clean wood is permitted, and no burn permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.

It is permitted to use approved back yard fire pits to have small, controlled camp fires but they should be monitored to ensure no embers escape the pit.

According to the Forest Management Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as of June 1 there were four wildland fires in the territory affecting 2.82 hectares of land, including one near Behchoko.  Two fires had been extinguished to date as well.

Yellowknife and Fort Smith have also declared fire bans.