Wildfire Status and Updates

Wildfire Service

Wildfire updates are also posted on the on the Yukon government’s Protective Services social media Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Emergency Alerts and Advisories

The Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is responsible for coordinating the Yukon’s preparedness for, response to, and recovery from, major emergencies and disasters. The Emergency Updates webpage includes orders, alerts, warnings and advisories for wildfires, air quality, floods, earthquakes and road closures. Continue to also monitor the television, radio, Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Evacuation alerts and orders are distributed by local authorities to their communities through tools like posters, flyers and door-to-door notices. Widespread evacuation alerts and evacuation orders are broadcast through the AlertReady system on radio, television and compatible wireless devices. Be ready to evacuate at any time when evacuation alerts and orders are announced.

Evacuee Registration and Support

The Red Cross has assumed evacuee support efforts on behalf of the Yukon government. Community members impacted by wildfire evacuations can register by phoning 1-800-863-6582 . Registration allows evacuees to receive urgent assistance when needed. Individuals may be eligible for supports such as temporary lodging, food, and incidental expenses. Evacuees that seek lodging with family/friends are also eligible for financial supports. If evacuated, and plans include staying with friends or family, financial assistance can be provided through the billeting program. For those with a camper or an RV, assistance to find a place to park can also be provided. Group lodging is being offered at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse.

Fire Bans, Restrictions, and Regulations

The Yukon Wildfire Updates webpage has the latest information on fire danger ratings, restrictions and bans. Danger ratings according to weather station can also be found on the Yukon’s interactive fire map. Before lighting an open fire, be aware of burn guidelines, fire danger ratings, and any fire restrictions that are in effect.
Between April 1st and September 30th, there are general burn guidelines that must be followed by everyone. Permits are legally required during this period. Fire danger ratings show how dangerous a fire would be if one started. When an area is rated as medium or higher, burn permits are suspended.
The Yukon government and local municipalities can also apply fire restrictions on the use of open fire. During wildfire season, there are three levels of temporary reduced fire use that can be applied to support the normal fire-season burn rules.
Forest supervisors restrict fire use under the Forest Protection Act. The Yukon is a large place, and conditions can vary by region. For that reason, fire restrictions are in place by region and when necessary for the whole territory.