Wildfire Initiatives

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Living in a boreal ecosystem means that the threat of a wildfire is a reality we face each and every summer season. The City of Whitehorse is dedicated to protecting our community from a potential wildfire through the development and implementation of multiple initiatives.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy aims to reduce wildfire risk within the City of Whitehorse, through a 4-year action plan.

Click here to learn more


FireSmart is living with and managing for wildfire on our landscape. There are many levels of action throughout the government and community, but FireSmart is best known for the actions individuals can take to protect their homes and neighbourhoods from wildfires. They include:

  • Understanding fire risk
  • Making your house more fire-resistant
  • Maintaining and choosing fire-resistant landscaping around your house

Click here to learn how to FireSmart your property

Personal Green Fuelwood Harvest Pilot Project

The City of Whitehorse and Government of Yukon are working together to explore new tools for reducing the wildfire risk.

While removal of dead wood for personal firewood is a longstanding use in selected areas, a new pilot project will allow standing live trees to be harvested as well. 

Read more about the pilot project.

Controlled Burns

The Government of Yukon and the City of Whitehorse are working collaboratively to reduce the risk of wildfires in Whitehorse this spring using prescribed burning. Learn more.