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July 27, 2023 – Updates from today are highlighted in Yellow.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Updates and Monitoring


Evacuation Alerts and Orders






Current – Evacuation Order

Evacuation order issued on behalf of Behchokǫ̀. 

Evacuation Order: Residents of Behchokǫ̀ must evacuate due to a wildfire in the area.

Highway 3, kms 256 to 290: Cabin and Home owners  Current – Evacuation Order

Evacuation Order: Individuals located along Highway 3 between kilometres 256 and 290 (between Behchokǫ̀ and Yellowknife) are advised to evacuate the area due to wildfire.


Evacuee Registration Portal

The Evacuee Registration Portal is for NWT residents who need to evacuate—or be prepared to evacuate—due to an emergency or disaster. 

Your community government will advise you if you are to register on the evacuee registration portal. Communities remain lead on emergency response activities.

Be Ready for Emergencies

> Get your Emergency Kit and essentials packed and ready. 

Updates and Monitoring

Roads and Airports

For the latest information, please refer to the Highway Conditions Map.

Location Status Details
Highway 3 (Behchokǫ̀ to Yellowknife) OPEN
  • NWT Highway 3 is open.

  • Be prepared for poor visibility and delays/sudden road closures. The situation can change quickly with no warning.
  • For the latest highway information visit:

NWT Wildfire

Heat and Air Quality

Extreme heat and poor air quality can affect your health and well-being. Click the links below to learn more.

  • Heat Warning
  • Air Quality
    • Advanced laser air quality monitors are installed in the following communities: Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, Enterprise, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik, Jean Marie River, Kátł’odeeche First Nation, Łutselkʼe, Nahanni Butte, Ndılǫ, Sambaa K’e, Tsiigehtchic, Tulita, Tuktoyaktuk, Wekweètı̀, Whatı̀, Wrigley, and Yellowknife. These monitors measure particle pollution (PM2.5).
    • Particle pollution at or below 12 μg/m3 is considered healthy with little to no risk from exposure. To check the current air quality levels for these communities, visit PurpleAir.
  • Active heat warnings and air quality alerts (Environment Canada)


Evacuee Services


Evacuation Reception Centre

Camping Availability

Public Housing

  • Behchokǫ̀ Kò Gha K’àodèe phone lines are not being monitored at this time.
  • Public housing tenants can contact the North Slave District Office at:

Health Services

Mental Health Services

  • Mental health services are being coordinated at the Yellowknife Multiplex evacuation reception centre. 
  • Being evacuated from your home community is stressful; checking in with a mental health and counselling resource can help provide strategies, advice, and resources to deal with this difficult situation.
  • There are also a number of remote supports that are accessible below. 

Program Closures and Service Changes


Behchokǫ̀, Marie Adele Bishop Health Centre


  • Follow all Evacuation Orders.
  • Dial 911 for emergencies. Please be aware that local emergency response capacity and air medevac services may be impacted or interrupted by the unpredictable wildfire threat.
  • Call 811 for health information.
  • Residents who have evacuated are encouraged to stay in place and not return to the community until deemed safe to do so. Health services and other resources in the community may be unavailable.
  • Patients and clients who were in care or living in long-term care are being moved to facilities that can meet their needs in other communities; the individuals named as next-of-kin on client medical records will be notified directly with details.

Tłı̨chǫ Daycare and CJBS Child Development Centre


Licensed early learning and child care programs operated by the Tłı̨chǫ Government are currently closed due to the evacuation order in Behchokǫ̀.

Behchokǫ̀ ECE Service Centre


  • The Behchokǫ̀ ECE Service Centre is closed until further notice.
  • Clients can contact the North Slave ECE Service Centre for assistance.
Public Libraries Closed

The public libraries at Chief Jimmy Bruneau School and Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School are closed until further notice.

Behchokǫ̀ Inspection Services

  • All inspection services for Behchokǫ̀ are being postponed until further notice.
  • Contact the Yellowknife office for more information:
Behchokǫ̀ Probation Services Open
  • Behchokǫ̀ Probation Services remains active and has implemented telephone reporting for offenders currently on Probation.
  • Contact for more information: 867-445-5448

Financial Support

Evacuee Income Disruption Support Program

  • The Evacuee Income Disruption Support program assists individuals who have lost employment income due to extended evacuation periods.
  • Provides financial support to adults 17+ whose employment has been disrupted by an evacuation lasting more than seven days.
  • Eligible residents can receive a one-time payment of $750.
  • For more information on how to apply:

Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant

  • The Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant provides financial assistance to eligible community governments that host evacuees outside of a designated Evacuation Centre.
  • To be eligible for the grant, community governments must host 10 or more registered evacuees.
  • Funding starts at $20,000 and is capped at $40,000, and is based on total evacuees hosted.
  • Funding can be requested after an evacuation order has been in place for seven or more days.

Business Relief

Income Assistance


Thank you to all the community groups and residents who are coordinating reunion, transportation, accommodations, and care for pets of evacuees.

The following is a list is organizations and community groups working to provide services for pets of evacuees. This list is not exhaustive.


Yellowknife kennels:

Community Facebook Groups (Public):


  • Monetary donations are being accepted by United Way NWT and often handed to residents directly as gift cards. This is an effective way to meet the individual needs of displaced residents. 
  • Physical goods can be dropped at the Yellowknife Salvation Army Thrift Shop and labeled: Fire Relief. 
  • Food, clothing and most other donations are not being accepted at the evacuation reception centre in Yellowknife. 
  • The evacuation reception centre will accept donations of new unopened items for basic personal care needs such as: shampoo, toiletries, towels, lotions, deodorant, face cloths, etc.  
  • For donations to support pets of evacuees see section on Pets.

Returning Home Safely after a Wildfire

Returning home after a wildfire affected the area may be stressful and traumatic.

This guide will help you know what to do and where to get help. Keep yourself safe and healthy, with the checklists in the guide.

Information Links

For the latest, most accurate emergency information, continue checking this page and listen to your Community Government.

> GNWT Public Safety Bulletin

NWT Alert

Follow the latest emergency alerts here:

  • Download the Alertable emergency app

> NWT Wildfire


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