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FireSmarting Begins at Home - Debris Pickup

The City of Yellowknife is pleased to be partnering with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to encourage residents to FireSmart their properties this fall.  A new app 'FireSmart Begins at Home', guides the public through a series of steps that will help to protect properties from wildfire.  A new event "Debris Pick-Up" has also been launched by the City to help with the clean-up.

Residents are encouraged to download and sign-in to the 'FireSmart Begins at Home' app.  The app takes users through a checklist of steps that, when followed, will help protect properties from wildfire.  This checklist includes tasks such as clearing deadfall, dead standing brush and pine needles, and limbing trees.

The City will pick-up collected debris (including deadwood, tree limbs, brush - but NOT leaves and grass clippings) free of charge during a Debris Pick-Up event.  To be part of this event, residents must fill out a Debris Pick-Up form and place collected debris on the curb before 7:00 a.m. during Fire Prevention Week, October 4 - 10, 2020, on the appropriate day for the specified address.  Collected debris shall be tied together, no longer than 2-metres or 6-feet in length.  Residents are encouraged to include before and after pictures with their Debris Pick-Up form.


  • Monday, October 5, 2020 | Grace Lake, Hall Crescent, Frame Lake South 
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | Range Lake North, Northlands
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Taylor Road, Matonabee Street, School Draw Avenue, Con Place
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Niven, Old Town, Latham Island, Ndilo

 FireSmarting - Debris Pickup Form

FireSmarting Awareness

The greatest risks to properties located within the City of Yellowknife are airborne burning embers which can remain airborne for over 1.5km. FireSmarting Homeowner Checklist will give you the tools to evaluate your property for the level of risk from wildfire, as well as a preparation guide in the event that evacuation is required.  

 To reduce this risk, the following measures can be taken at minimal cost:

Zone 1a: (House - 1.5m out)

  1. Have a 1.5m (5’) non-combustible zone around your home (rock, gravel, sand);
  2. Clear debris (needles, leaves, & other combustibles) from roof & eavestroughs, deck and space under decks;
  3. Remove combustibles stacked against your home.

Zone 1 (Yard - 10m [33’] around home)

  1. If a wildfire advances in your area, remove any vehicles from the driveway (inside the garage or to a safe location)
  2. Maintain your woodpile at least 10m from your home (or any outbuilding).
  3. Remove any tree branches overhanging your roof.
  4. Limit the number of coniferous trees (pine, spruce) and bushes within 10m of your home.
  5. Maintain ground cover within 10m (remove twigs, branches and/or needles, if you have a lawn, keep it mowed).

By participating in the FireSmart  program in the ways outlined above, you are giving yourself and your neighbours the best chance for your home to survive a wildfire.  All Yellowknife residents are urged to take FireSmarting preventive measures, whether or not your property is bordering forested areas.

 Additional Resources:

 City of Yellowknife Fuel Reduction Strategy

The City of Yellowknife is moving ahead with the Yellowknife Community Wildfire Protection Plan which has identified specific high risk areas around the City that would benefit from vegetation reduction measures to lower the threat of forest fires impacting the city. 

The 2019 Community Wildfire Protection Plan outlines areas in the City that will be targeted for the fuel reduction strategy.

The City of Yellowknife is starting FireSmarting activities in the greenspace behind Mandeville Drive and Finlayson Dr.  The work will resume behind Mandeville Dr. and will end at the sliding hill at Parker Park.  These activities are based on recommendations outlined in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.  Workers will be in the area with hand and power tools and the public is asked to avoid the area while work is being carried out.

For more information please contact the city at or 766-5502.






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