Wildfire Bulletin #13
6/19/2006 - 10:10 AM
Five New Fires Over the Weekend
Fire crews were busy in Carmacks and Watson Lake on Sunday. Twelve firefighters and a helicopter fought a holdover lightning fire at Yukon Crossing, near McGregor Creek yesterday. The fire is being held at 1.5 hectares and is burning approximately 800 metres from the highway. Today, a six person crew and a helicopter will continue working on the fire, and it will be called under control later today.
Elsewhere, fire crews extinguished a human caused fire in the Two Mile subdivision in Watson Lake. As well three new lightning fires have been confirmed, one in the Ross River District, near Riddell River which is being observed, and two in the Dawson District; one near Dawson Creek, and the other near Ladue Creek. The two fires were spotted by a patrol aircraft on Saturday. The fires are in the wilderness zone and will be monitored.
Meanwhile, in Dawson #1 the fire near Henderson Corner and the Dempster Highway which started last week had fire crews and a helicopter working on it over the weekend. It is being demobilized and will be called out later today.
And finally, the seven BC Initial Attack fire fighting crews who have been in the Yukon since June 12, will be returning to BC tomorrow.
The current fire danger rating is moderate in Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Beaver Creek and Mayo, and low in the rest of the Yukon, with the exception of Carmacks which is still extreme. There have been 23 fires in the Yukon so far this year.
Wildland Fire Management is reminding the public to be careful with fire; never burn in windy conditions, keep a water source nearby and ensure fires are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
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