Wildfires

Forty Yukon firefighters board a C-131 military aircraft bound for Kamloops on Aug. 16. (Courtesy/Yukon Protective Services)

Forty Yukon firefighters deploy to Okanagan wildfires

The 40-person crew will fight fires near Princeton and West Kelowna

 

A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies past the Lytton Creek wildfire burning in the mountains near Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Total active wildfires climb in B.C., but crews exploit cooler weather in fire fight

Crews are making progress against several destructive wildfires in British Columbia even…

 

An evacuation alert affecting an area near Dawson City has been rescinded as the Coal Creek fire was calmed by rain. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Evacuation alert near Dawson City rescinded

Rain calmed the Coal Creek fire and it is no longer necessary for people to prepare to flee it.

 

Fire crews are working on the Ta’tla Mun fire, south of Pelly Crossing. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Hot dry weather coming to the Yukon as almost 70 fires burn

Crews are working on three fires near Pelly Crossing.

Fire crews are working on the Ta’tla Mun fire, south of Pelly Crossing. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
The Tat’la Mun Lake fire near Carmacks. (Photo courtesy Yukon Protective Services)

Lightning strikes cause 17 new fires in central, southern Yukon in the last 24 hours

Over 3,386 lightning strikes on July 21 had sparked 17 new forest fires in central and southern Yukon

The Tat’la Mun Lake fire near Carmacks. (Photo courtesy Yukon Protective Services)
The Lake Laberge forest fire is now 4,004 in size. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Lightning the cause of 21 new forest fires in the territory

Of the 21 new fires, nine started on July 20

The Lake Laberge forest fire is now 4,004 in size. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
Yukon fire services have blockaded the Aishihik Road to Otter Falls. (Facebook/Champagne and Aishihik First Nations)

Aishihik Road closed due to wildfire

The road is expected to remain closed until Monday afternoon at the earliest

Yukon fire services have blockaded the Aishihik Road to Otter Falls. (Facebook/Champagne and Aishihik First Nations)
The Robert Campbell Highway reopened to escorted traffic on July 12 after a wildfire burned across it over the weekend. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Rain in forecast may calm Yukon wildfires

The Robert Campbell Highway has reopened after a fire burned across it

The Robert Campbell Highway reopened to escorted traffic on July 12 after a wildfire burned across it over the weekend. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
The Tuchita River fire has led to the closure of the Robert Campbell Highway between Ross River and Watson Lake. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Structure protection work begins as Yukon fires spread

Wildland firefighters take steps including a controlled burn to slow growth of Lake Laberge fire

The Tuchita River fire has led to the closure of the Robert Campbell Highway between Ross River and Watson Lake. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
The Robert Campbell Highway in Carmacks. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Fire closes part of Robert Campbell highway

A portion of the Robert Campbell Highway is closed due to a…

The Robert Campbell Highway in Carmacks. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A fire approximately 10 hectares in size is burning NE of Lake Laberge. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

Smoke from Lake Laberge fire may be visible from Whitehorse

The 10 hectare blaze is being monitored from the air.

A fire approximately 10 hectares in size is burning NE of Lake Laberge. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12, 2021. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Updated: Prescribed burns planned near Whitehorse neighbourhoods to improve wildfire resistance

Manual fuel removal and the replacement of conifers with aspens is also ongoing.

A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12, 2021. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Flood and fire risk and potential were discussed April 29. Yukoners were told to be prepared in the event of either a flood or a fire. Submitted Photo/B.C. Wildfire Service

Yukoners told to be prepared for floods and wildland fire season

Floods and fire personelle spoke to the current risks of both weather events in the coming months.

Flood and fire risk and potential were discussed April 29. Yukoners were told to be prepared in the event of either a flood or a fire. Submitted Photo/B.C. Wildfire Service
The territory had its first wildfire of the season April 26 near the Deep Creek Subdivision north of Whitehorse. The grass fire was contained by Hootalinqua Fire Department, three wildland firefighters, and an emergency response officer. Yukon Government/submitted.

Season’s first wildfire blazes near Deep Creek subdivision

A 0.2 hectare wildfire was contained near Deep Creek subdivision near Whitehorse. The public is reminded to enjoy fires safely, as this time of year the fire dangers are high after the snow melts.

The territory had its first wildfire of the season April 26 near the Deep Creek Subdivision north of Whitehorse. The grass fire was contained by Hootalinqua Fire Department, three wildland firefighters, and an emergency response officer. Yukon Government/submitted.
City of Whitehorse staff will report back to city council members in three months, detailing where efforts are with the city’s wildfire risk reduction strategy and action plan for 2021 to 2024. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Council adopts wildfire risk reduction plan

Staff will report on progress in three months

City of Whitehorse staff will report back to city council members in three months, detailing where efforts are with the city’s wildfire risk reduction strategy and action plan for 2021 to 2024. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Riverdale residents can learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s plan to FireSmart a total of 24 hectares in the area of Chadburn Lake Road and south of the Hidden Lakes trail at a meeting on Nov. 26. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)

Meeting will focus on FireSmart plans

Riverdale residents will learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s FireSmarting…

Riverdale residents can learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s plan to FireSmart a total of 24 hectares in the area of Chadburn Lake Road and south of the Hidden Lakes trail at a meeting on Nov. 26. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)

South wildfire prevention project in Whitehorse will cost $1.6 million

The Fire Risk Reduction project will create a six kilometre fireguard along Copper Haul Road

Fire near Eagle Plains Lodge caused by lightning strike

13,000 lightning strikes happened in the Yukon the weekend of June 13 and 14

Training for the unexpected

Wildland firefighters train with hovering helicopters