Wildfire Bulletin #29
7/25/2006 - 10:00 AM
Beaver Creek Fire is Top Priority
Firefighters are continuing to work on the Beaver Creek fire, which is now estimated at 6900 hectares. There was minimal growth on the fire on Monday and work continued with helicopters doing aerial ignition and bucketing to slow the fire’s spread.
There are currently 22 firefighters, three helicopters and four engines working on the fire. Today crews will work on setting up a sprinkler system on the north side of Beaver Creek. Two members of the Fire Marshal’s office will be traveling to the community to assist with developing structural protection plans.
In the next few days, Wildland Fire Management is expecting to increase the number of resources working on the fire, which is the territory’s number one priority at the present time.
The south flank of the fire is 10 miles from Beaver Creek and U.S. Customs is still 12 miles to the west. There were no issues with smoke on the Alaska Highway yesterday. However, motorists are asked to drive with caution in the area between Snag Junction and the Alaska/Yukon border as conditions can change quickly.
Wildland fire officials are optimistic that good progress is being made and a forecast of cooler temperatures and showers over the next few days will allow crews on the ground to make significant progress on the south and west flanks of the fire.
There have been 64 fires this year, burning a total of 91,110 hectares. The fire danger rating is currently low to high throughout the territory.
For updated highway information, travelers are asked to call the Yukon Highway Report Line at 1-877-456-7623.
For Yukon Wildfire updates, call 1-800-826-4750