Wildfire Bulletin #47
August 10, 2009 - 11:00 AM
Evacuation Alert Lifted for Carmacks
Due to cooling temperatures and increased precipitation, Wildland Fire Management Officials have lifted the evacuation alert for some citizens in the Little Salmon Lake and Drury Creek area who are being impacted by the 42,000-hectare Little Salmon Lake fire (CA-04). The alert had been in effect for those living or visiting the area along Little Salmon Lake and the Magundy drainage corridor adjacent to the Robert Campbell Highway
“The Carmacks area received a significant amount of rain over the weekend and that is supposed to continue this week along with cooler temperatures,” said Carmacks Duty Officer Gerry Trudeau. “These conditions have helped limit activity on this fire and throughout most of the territory.”
Fire officials are still monitoring a number of fires closely should the current low fire activity change. The priority remains the protection of communities and other values while maintaining the safety of the firefighters.
In addition to the evacuation alert being lifted, fire officials also removed the open fire ban for the territory. The public is still urged to be very cautious when doing any kind of burning and ensure their campfire is completely extinguished before they leave the area. A reminder that burning permits are required for the burning of any grass, brush or debris and permits will be suspended if the fire danger rating is moderate or higher.
The fire danger rating is now low across the majority of the territory with the Watson Lake district being the only acceptation at a moderate rating. As a result, the Outside resources from Alberta and the Northwest Territories have now been released from the territory.
This season there have been 118 fires in the Yukon burning an estimated 283,826 hectares of forest.
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