Wildfire Bulletin #21
7/7/2006 - 9:55 AM
Rain and Cooler Weather Slows Fire Activity in the Yukon
Rain showers and cooler temperatures moved into southern Yukon yesterday. The spread of the fires burning in wilderness zone areas of Watson Lake has been reduced by the current weather. There have been 15 fires in the Watson Lake District so far this year.
Rain and showery conditions are forecast in the southern part of the territory for the next few days. The central Yukon will also be cooler with isolated showers.
The DC-6 airtanker group moved from Watson Lake to Whitehorse yesterday. Meanwhile, the Firecat airtanker group is still in Alberta as well as four Yukon firefighters who are working on fires near Ft. McMurray.
Much of the rest of western Canada is feeling the pressure of continuing hot, dry weather and multiple fire starts. Resources are being stretched to the maximum and some provinces have called in help from the US, New Zealand and Australia.
For the interest of the public, Wildland Fire Management has a new link on its website with a map of active fires in the Yukon. It can be reached at http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/pdf/YTOV_Public.pdf.
The current fire danger is low to moderate around the territory with the exception of Carmacks which is high. Wildland Fire Management would like to thank the public for continuing to report wildfires.
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750