35 fires are burning in the territory as of Monday
Yukon Protective Services says eight new fires were discovered in the territory on Monday, including fires near Mayo, Dawson City, and — most visibly — in the Carmacks district.
“The most visible fire is Carmacks fire five, a 17-hectare lightning-caused fire,” it wrote in a tweet put out Tuesday morning.
As of Monday, there are 35 total fires burning in the territory.
Notable among them is a fire on Aishihik Road at kilometre 45, which the Yukon government says crews are working at to secure.
According to the government’s fire update website, “no damage has been reported to nearby buildings or infrastructure” in the Aishihik Road area.
Right now, the Watson Lake fire management district is under a Level 2 burn restriction, meaning cooking and warming fires are only allowed in fire pits and stoves at campgrounds.
Several Yukon areas are under extreme fire danger ratings, including Champagne, Carmacks and Faro.
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