Wildfire Bulletin #9
June 13, 2006 - 10:20 AM
Ross River Has Close Call
Ross River reported its first fire of the 2006 fire season yesterday. The fire, spotted by a YTG fire crew, started at the end of the airstrip, less than 1 kilometre from town. Fire crews and the Ross River fire department quickly extinguished the .7 hectare fire. Wildland Fire Management officials have confirmed that the fire was human caused.
With the fire hazard still high to extreme in many parts of the territory, Wildland Fire Management is reminding people that in these conditions fires can ignite and spread very quickly. The second largest fire currently burning in Alaska was human caused and is now almost 18,000 hectares in size. The Parks Highway fire has resulted in community evacuations, the loss of at least a half dozen structures and numerous road closures causing traffic delays for travelers. “Alaska is experiencing similar weather conditions as we are here in the Yukon,” said Michael Templeton, Yukon Duty Officer. “We could easily have a similar situation if people are careless,” he added.
Wildland Fire Management thanks the public for their cooperation.
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750