Historic 2022 wildfire season has Yukon well past 25-year average for area burned

Yukon is still experiencing historic fires in the state, with burnt areas generally above the 25-year average.

So far, 100,998 hectares of land have been burned by wildfires – more than 20,000 hectares over the 25-year average. The figures are in A.D. National Report Granted Saturday at the Canadian Integration Forest Fire Center.

The area burned so far has been five times higher than last year, with only 22,648 hectares.

According to the CIFF, the number of wildfires in the state is very high. This year, 227 fires have reached 42 compared to last year.

Catherine Halet, spokeswoman for Yukon Protection Services, said the numbers were significant, especially as many fires were occurring in communities and close to important infrastructure such as the Alaska Highway, the Robert Campbell Highway and the North Clonic Highway.

“When a fire goes out in the desert, it’s great because it’s a natural ecological process,” says Halet.

But obviously, when we get close to communities and people and infrastructure, people are at risk, so we have to put resources to try and get them out.

Evacuation alerts have been issued to many communities, including Carmax, Stewart Crossing, Tessin and Silver Trail and the surrounding area.

“They are in the process of setting up a 150-person camp in Pelley to help with the fires in Silver Hill, Stewart and Mayo,” Halett said. 100 firefighters at one location in the state. Currently, there are 300 firefighters with additional equipment coming from BC.

A fire broke out on Mount Cape near Whitehorse. Yukon It is hosting a wildfire in 2022 that has closed major highways and caused travel warnings to residents and visitors by the state government that it is not necessary. (Provided by Yukon Durland Fire Authority)

There has been a high level of fire for Whitehorse and Carcros since Sunday morning.

Stage 2 Fire Prevention still exists in all Yukon Fire Administration districts, which means that only cooking and heating fires are permitted in fire pits and stoves in access to regional and commercial camps, but all other fires are prohibited.

Yukon said she continues to face many challenges, from increased fires to road closures and disruptions to the Internet on Wednesday, and said people should pay attention to travel advice.

Travel Advisor

The Yukon government issued a travel warning to the entire state on Friday.

The advice is for eunuchs and visitors to limit travel between communities to just the necessary travel.

“Travelers can put more pressure on local residents in any response or in communities under certain evacuation warnings,” Hallet said.

Fuel and grocery cars were difficult to reach in some communities due to the floods and the many fires in the state.

“What we don’t want is for people to come for a weekend trip or something and buy some essential items in those communities,” she said.

Hallet said that if there was a proper displacement in one community and more people than usual, this would put more pressure on the security efforts.

“So it’s very important that people respect that and that some people are in a difficult time right now,” she said.

Have a carry-on bag

Hallett advises that “people should always have a carry-on bag with them in order to leave their homes as soon as possible, whether they have an eviction order or not.”

“It’s one of the most basic and simple things people can do to prepare for an emergency,” she said.

In the bag, people should have enough water for everyone in the house for up to three days, food, medicine and all the necessary documents for the same period, such as a passport and a permit.

The next step, according to Hallet, is family planning and out-of-boundary security communication if any members are separated at the time of release.

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