Wildfire Bulletin #10
6/4/2009 - 10:40 AM
Caution Needed as Fire Danger Rating Rises and Lightning Forecast
Current conditions in Yukon have increased the fire danger ratings to the high and extreme level throughout the territory due to above-normal temperatures and low humidity. With expected lightning in the next few days and more people heading outdoors, Wildland Fire Management officials are urging the public to be extra cautious and observant.
“This hot and dry spell is unusual for this early in the season and we are asking folks to be very aware of the environment,” said Planning and Science Supervisor David Milne. “We are encouraging the public not to set any fires in the back country and if you see the remains of an improperly-extinguished fire, call Wildland Fire Management immediately.”
No new fires have been reported in the territory in the past 24 hours; however, there are two fires still burning in the Mayo and Dawson districts. The 80 hectare Mayo fire has experienced no further growth and fire crews were able to make good progress as winds Wednesday afternoon were calm. The fire remains 14 km from Moose Creek Lodge, 50 km from Mayo, and 18 km from Stewart Crossing, with no further values at risk. The Dawson fire, burning 90 km from Dawson City has now grown to an estimated 15,400 hectares, but continues to burn in a wilderness zone with no values at risk, and remains under observation.
8 firefighters and 3 fire officials from Alberta, as well as one fire official from British Columbia, are arriving today to provide further support in the territory.
Yukon Wildland Fire Management is also providing support for British Columbian fire crews working on the Liard River fire by allowing them use of the Watson Lake airtanker base. The fire, 18 km east of Liard Hot Springs, has grown to 10, 000 hectares. Motorists in the area can expect delays depending on the fire’s behaviour.
Fire officials remind the public that they are required to obtain a burning permit to burn grass, brush or debris in the territory between April 1 and September 30. Burning permits are currently suspended across the territory.
This season there have been 11 fires in the territory burning approximately 15, 541 hectares of forest.
Below: Airtankers action the Mayo (2) Fire
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750