Wildfire Bulletin #8
6/12/2006 - 8:50 AM
Wildland Fire Management Raises Preparedness
Wildland Fire Management will be getting some extra firefighters and air support today. This afternoon an Electra L-188 air tanker group from Alberta, and 7, 3 person initial attack firefighting crews will arrive in Whitehorse. “This is a precautionary measure that will enable us to respond more effectively in the event that we get increased fire activity this week”, said Michael Templeton, Supervisor of Wildfire Operations.
The decision to import additional resources comes as a result of the recent hot, dry weather and a forecast calling for lightning beginning Tuesday. The BC firefighters will join Yukon crews under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing (MARS) Agreement, managed through CIFFC, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The additional crews will be deployed to Carmacks, Dawson, Mayo, Haines Junction and Watson Lake. The Electra airtanker group will be based in Whitehorse for the time being.
With the fire hazard still high to extreme in many parts of the territory, Wildland Fire Management is asking Yukoners and highway travelers to use extreme caution with fire. The current warm, dry conditions mean that fires can ignite and spread very quickly.
Wildland Fire Management thanks the public for their cooperation.
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750