Yukon fire crews were keeping an eye Monday on the site of a small fire that started just three kilometres from downtown Whitehorse on Sunday.
The 0.3-hectare fire was burning in grass and brush, east of the Yukon River just off Long Lake Road, officials with the territorial government's wildland fire management program said Monday.
The small blaze was believed to have been caused by an abandoned campfire that was not properly extinguished.
Whitehorse city firefighters were the first to respond to Sunday's fire, but they called in territorial wildfire crews due to rough terrain in the area.
Six firefighters and one airtanker group responded, putting the fire out by that evening.
In a bulletin posted Monday, air attack officer Walter Nehring said crews decided to use water instead of fire retardant in the airtankers, because the blaze was located so close to the Yukon River.
The fire on Sunday was the only new forest fire reported in the Yukon over the weekend. A total of 38 wildfires have been reported in the territory so far this season, burning almost 22,650 hectares of forest.
Separately, fire crews extinguished an existing two-hectare fire burning 15 kilometres northwest of Pelly Crossing over the weekend.
A larger fire, located 80 kilometres from Dawson City, continues to burn, but officials say that fire is in a wilderness area with no structures at risk.