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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Yukon issues region-wide fire ban ahead of long weekend Nation World News

The Yukon has issued an area-wide fire ban just ahead of the holiday weekend, saying hot weather, recent lightning, and already busy firefighters increased the risk.

The order, which went into effect at noon on Friday, is considered a “mid-level” fire ban and will remain in force until further notice. This means that cooking and heating of fires are only permitted in the fire pits provided at road-accessible government and commercial campgrounds. No other open fire is allowed anywhere.

“Extreme fire risk due to hot and dry weather and recent lightning activity,” reads a news release Friday from Wildland Fire officials.

“What’s more, firefighters face critical fire response tasks that could be compromised by preventable human-caused wildfires.”

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Officials are advising people responsible for permissible fires by not making them in windy conditions, keeping them small, paying attention to them and ensuring they are completely extinguished before leaving.

As of Friday afternoon, there were 38 active forests in the area, of which 12 were reported in the last 24 hours. Officials say many of the new fires are caused by lightning, and are in the Ross River, Faroe and Carmack areas.

Two fires have disrupted highway travel in the Ross River area, with the Robert Campbell Highway and North Cannon Road closed for day trips. They will reopen from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., although people are advised to check 511 Yukon for updates.

North Canol Road
North Cannon Road and Robert Campbell Highway are now closed to daytime travel due to nearby wildfire activity. (Paul Tucker/CBC)
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