2 new lightning-started fires fought in Yukon
Firefighters keep wildfire from highway lodge
Owners of a highway lodge near Mayo, Yukon, are crediting a sharp-eyed neighbour and fast action by firefighters for saving their home from a forest fire.
Following scattered lightning strikes in Yukon yesterday, an observer on the ground spotted a fire about 2.5 kilometres from Moose Creek Lodge Thursday afternoon.
"We quickly actioned that, given the conditions and the location," said Yukon Fire information officer George Maratos.
"Air tankers, helicopters and initial attack firefighters worked the fire through the evening and it is a good thing because there was potential for that fire to become very active and a much more serious situation."
The fire was limited to 1.5 hectares and kept away from the lodge.
Observers also called in the co-ordinates Thursday morning for another fire burning on the south side of Lake Laberge in the Whitehorse district which was fought and extinguished.
The wildfire risk is currently rated extreme in the Dawson district, high in the Whitehorse area, and moderate in Mayo and Old Crow.
Forecasters with the fire service are predicting hot dry windy conditions for the weekend and firefighters are urging caution and asking for anyone who sees smoke to call in a report.