Wildfire Bulletin #66
August 09, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Five New Fires This Weekend, Fire Activity Increases
Fire activity picked up throughout much of the territory over the weekend and five new fires were reported.
The new fires include one by Fifteen Mile Creek in the Dawson district reported August 7. The fire is burning at approximately 10 hectares. Fire crews worked on site protection on a cabin six miles upstream from the fire.
Mayo reported three new fires on the weekend. Mayo #38 is approximately 250 to 300 hectares in size on the Macmillan River and is in Wildland Fire Management's (WFM's) wilderness zone. An assessment on this fire was to be done on Sunday but due to low visibility from smoke aircraft was unable to determine its size and cause.
The two other Mayo fires were by Mayo Lake in WFM's strategic zone. Mayo #39 was called in by a miner and at that time determined to be 40 hectares but has since grown to 250 hectares. Crews attempted to action the fire on Sunday but were unable to due to extreme fire behavior. Fire officials are putting together a site protection plan for some values near the lake which are not being threatened at this time.
Mayo #40 is 0.1 hectare in size and was actioned by an NND First Nations crew and a helicopter. The fire should be called out later today.
A fire was also reported in the Watson Lake district by Toobally Lake. This fire is 0.5 hectares in size in WFM's wilderness zone and will continue to be monitored.
In other news, the Dominion fire, which is part of the Goldfields Complex in the Dawson district, took a 500 hectare run to the east, southeast this weekend. Air tankers did numerous retardant drops on Saturday. Crews have also gone in to do site protection on values southeast of where the fire took its run. On Sunday the Dominion fire was still active but smoke coverage moderated its activity somewhat. There is currently a crew on the fire working on hot spots.
Ross River fire #29, on the Pelly River flats, has been determined as a holdover lightning fire that went undetected since July 23. The fire is 0.3 hectares in size and is not producing any visible smokes. Fire crews are cold-trailing the fire today.
Also, fire activity in Alaska picked up on Saturday and Yukon air tankers based in Dawson assisted them with retardant drops on the Taylor Complex. Fire crews in Alaska are very busy with what is the second largest acreage burned since Alaska became a state. Nearly 4.5 million acres have burned in Alaska this year.
Effective immediately, campfires for cooking and warming are permitted throughout Yukon. For more information please contact Yukon Wildland Fire Management at 867-456-3845.
Much of the Yukon, particularly central Yukon, is seeing a warming and drying trend that is expected to continue for several more days. Temperatures in many parts of the territory are about well above normal for the period. Dawson reached 29 degrees on Saturday, and Mayo was hit 28 degrees. Other parts of central Yukon were also in the upper 20's.
Indices have risen and many parts of the territory are high to extreme. Many existing fires have become more active. Because of the weather forecast, WFM has increased preparedness levels. Patrols of fires have also increased to monitor fire activity and also look for any new fires.
Wildland Fire Management is advising Yukoners and travellers that they may see smoke from increased fire activity throughout the territory. WFM would also like to remind Yukoners and visitors that while the fire ban has been lifted, extreme caution should be used while camping with fires. Campfires must never be left unattended.
Yukoners are also reminded that burning permits are required for the burning of brush and debris and will only be issued if conditions allow. Please contact your local district office for burning restrictions.
There have been 249 fires in the Yukon burning approximately 1,700, 000 hectares of forest. 193 of these fires are active.
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750