Parks Canada is actively managing the Sass Lake Wildfire. Current information is posted here as soon as it is available.

Update for July 24, 2019

Wildfire facts

  • Fire number: 19WB009
  • Location: Within Wood Buffalo National Park, from south of Sass Lake to Preble Creek, approximately 10 km southwest of Highway 5.
  • Estimated size: 18,000 hectares
  • Resources:
    • 14-person Incident Management Team
    • 14 fire crew personnel
    • 5 helicopters
  • Detected: June 30, 2019
  • Cause: Lightning

What's new

Parks Canada is monitoring the Sass Lake wildfire with daily air patrols and crews are ready to respond if the situation changes.

No communities or facilities are threatened at this time. Protections for cabins and infrastructure in the area are in place.

If conditions change, crews will work to limit fire spread and impacts to Highway 5. Advance notice will be given about any fire management operations that could cause delays or closures on Highway 5.

The Sass Lake wildfire originated on June 30, 2019 and was initially limited in growth due to rain and cool temperatures. More significant growth was observed on July 11 and July 17, at which point a national Parks Canada Incident Management Team arrived to help manage the Sass Lake and Lynx Lake fires as well as any new fire starts in priority areas.


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  • To report a wildfire, call 867-621-0136 or 867-872-7970
  • For general park information please visit the Fort Smith or Fort Chipewyan Visitor Centres:
    • Fort Smith - 867-872-7960
    • Fort Chipewyan – 780-697-3662