Wildfire Bulletin #40
9/8/2006 - 11:00 AM
Northwest Compact Requests More Yukon Support in Oregon
Four Yukon firefighters will be heading south to Oregon this weekend as hot, dry conditions continue to challenge firefighting resources. One will be going as a Division Supervisor, two as Task Force Leaders and one as an Agency Representative. As yet, they have not been assigned to a specific incident in Oregon. That will bring to ten the number of Yukon firefighters in the US fighting wildfires.
The request came from the State of Oregon via the Northwest Wildland Fire Protection Agreement, known as the Northwest Compact; a cooperative operating plan that facilitates assistance in preparedness and Wildland fire fighting between member agencies. Canada is currently providing four, 20 person crews and 59 specialists and managers to assist with fires in the western US.
Six of our firefighters are working on the Shake Table fire. Four of them are extending their tour of duty for another seven days. The Shake Table fire has close to 1500 personnel working on it.
Meanwhile, BC firefighters are making good progress constructing fire guards and protecting key values on the Tatoosh fire. The fire, which grew to 2,450 hectares in British Columbia, started in Washington in August and crossed into Canada last weekend. It is threatening Manning Provincial Park, about 200km east of Vancouver. In other news, BC officials are building contingency fire control lines to prevent the Tripod fire from crossing the US border into Canada. Ground crews are being transported by helicopter to and from the fire.
The current fire danger rating is low throughout the territory. Wildland Fire Management reminds the public to be careful with open burning and that burning permits are required between April 1 and September 30.
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