Yukon wildfire leads to Ethel Lake campground evacuation

On Saturday evening, a fire engulfed Lake Ethel camp and its environs.

The fire on the six-hectare site is east of the camp and poses a threat to all nearby people and structures, Yukon said in a Facebook post.

Durland firefighters were on site, working with the RCMP in Yukon to inform and coordinate evacuation of energy, mining and resource personnel and volunteer firefighters.

Another wildfire broke out about 15 miles south of the Stuart Crossing, but campers had to drive on the Cloudic Highway.

The fire, which is 35 hectares near the Stuart Crossing, is on the rise, according to the Yukon Defense Service on its Facebook page.

“Smoke and flames appear on the highway,” the post said.

The state is dealing with a large number of lightning-related fires, which are associated with hot and dry conditions.

Yukon said the protection service on Facebook will receive help from BC.

There are 67 active fires in the state as of Saturday night.

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