Learn about fire danger ratings and fire bans

Find current fire danger ratings

Visit our wildfire updates page to see a list of Yukon's current fire danger ratings.

What the fire danger ratings mean

We rate the fire danger rating to show how dangerous a fire would be if it started. A higher fire danger rating means more dangerous conditions.

Know the danger ratings in your area. Do not start fires in dangerous conditions.

Low

  • Fires may start easily and spread quickly.
  • There will be minimal involvement of deeper forest fuel layers or larger fuels.
  • Burn permits may be activated through your local Wildland Fire Management office.

Moderate

  • Forest fuels are drying.
  • There's an increased risk of surface fires, carry out any forest activities with caution.
  • Burn permits are suspended.

High

  • Forest fuels are dry and the risk of wildfire is high.
  • New fires may start easily and actively burn. Use lots of caution during any forest activities.
  • Burn permits are suspended.

Extreme

  • Forest fuels are very dry and fire risk is very serious.
  • New fires can start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts.
  • Burn permits are suspended.

Fire bans

The Government of Yukon and Yukon municipalities can restrict or ban the use of open fire. This includes campfires, fireworks, tiki torches, burn barrels and sky lanterns. Bans and restrictions depend on current and anticipated weather conditions.

We issue a fire ban when fire danger reaches a critical stage. This can include extreme fire danger or several days of hot and dry conditions. Municipalities can also issue their own full or partial fire bans.

We also consider existing fires when we issue a ban. By limiting preventable human-caused fires, firefighters can focus on managing lightning-caused fires.

View current fire bans

We post fire ban notices online.

How fire bans are implemented

The Yukon forest supervisor issues a ban under the Forest Protection Act. Yukon is a large place, and conditions can be different in different regions. For that reason, we put fire bans in place by region instead of restricting fire use for the whole territory.

How you can help

Fire bans are only a part of wildfire prevention. You should always be aware of risky hot, dry or windy conditions.

Learn how to prevent and prepare for wildfires.