Wildfire Bulletin #42
August 08, 2005 - 9:00 AM
More Yukon Crews to Assist Ontario
More Yukon firefighters have been sent to Ontario to help with firefighting efforts there. The province has requested additional resources as the risk of new wildfires remains high. There have been 70 new fires, most caused by lightning, in Ontario in the past 24 hours, and a similar number of new starts are expected in the next few days.
On Saturday, nine 1x3 Initial Attack crews and an agency representative from the Territory were deployed to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Yukon firefighters are joining firefighters from other agencies across the country under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing (MARS) agreement managed through CIFFC, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Last summer, firefighters from across Canada assisted Yukon during the Territory’s extraordinary fire season under the same agreement.
The fire danger rating in the Territory is currently low because of cool, showery weather during the past few days. A warm, drying trend is forecast for much of the Yukon in the next few days as an upper ridge comes closer to the Territory. Sufficient firefighting resources remain in the Territory should fire activity increase.
Wildland Fire Management would like to remind the public that burning permit guidelines must always be followed, and even when fire danger ratings are LOW it is still very important to be cautious when burning.
There have been 79 fires this season burning approximately 175,000 hectares.
Wildland Fire Management wishes to thank the public for their continued help in reporting wildfires. To report a wildfire call 1-888-798-FIRE(3473).
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750