Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for June 3, 2013

Fires, floods continue to plague territory

Yukon Wildland Fire Management crews continued to battle both fire and flooding over the weekend, with eight new fires throughout the territory and continuing rising water levels in three areas.

Yukon Wildland Fire Management crews continued to battle both fire and flooding over the weekend, with eight new fires throughout the territory and continuing rising water levels in three areas.

This morning, officials said in a statement that five blazes were found in the Dawson City district over the weekend, as well as two in Mayo and one in Carmacks.

Among them a 0.1-hectare fire found near the mouth of the Sixty Mile River.

“Action was taken on a number of these new fires, including an 8.5-hectare fire that was discovered Friday evening approximately 10 kilometres south of Dawson City near Mount Bronson,” said Yukon duty officer Mike Sparks.

“Firefighters worked throughout the weekend making good progress on the fire with no new growth, and that work will continue today.”

There are two mining camps within 6.5 kilometres of two other fires in the district near Henderson Creek. Firefighters also took action on those, as well as another small one burning 60 kilometres south of Dawson near Rose Bute Creek.

The Mayo-district blaze was reported Friday night, and is about 15 kilometres south of Steward Crossing.

Meanwhile, the Carmacks fire is in a wilderness zone with no structures there currently at risk.

Yukon Wildland Fire Management is also continuing its work in a number of communities affected by high water, with incident management teams already in place in Rock Creek and Ross River.

As of last week, most Rock Creek residents had left the area due to the flooding from the Klondike River.

The latest flood report notes that the community remains in flood stage with water levels rising Friday by 15 to 20 centimeters.

Senior fire officials are currently there overseeing the situation.

In Ross River, water levels on the Pelly River are about 55 centimetres above flood level, and a team is in place with flood mitigation work continuing.

Another team is being established for Upper Liard to respond to rising water levels and the current flood risk, with the Liard River about 25 centimetres above flood level.

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