3 new fires break out around Mayo, Yukon
1 human-caused fire put out at the dump
A human-caused fire at the dump in Mayo, Yukon, was put out Sunday evening.
This is the latest in a string of human-caused fires near the community over the past couple of years.
Volunteer firefighters and Wildland Fire officials put the fire out.
Two other fires started near the community on Sunday — officials are monitoring one near Ethel Lake which was caused by lightning.
There are 86 fires currently burning in the territory. Weather conditions will continue to be hot and dry, with strong winds, so Wildland Fire officials are urging people to be responsible and safe when having a campfire.
They also warn paddlers to avoid the Little Salmon and Yukon Rivers due to fire activity.
The fire at Mandanna Lake near Carmacks and Little Salmon River has grown, but officials can’t say how large it is due to heavy smoke in the area.
"These fires are very active and very visible with columns of smoke an estimated 20,000 feet in the sky," said Duty Officer Lorne Harris in a news release. "Air tankers and helicopters were actioning the fires but have since stopped action given the extreme fire behavior."
The fires have caused smoky conditions in Whitehorse, Carmacks, Mayo and surrounding areas.