Yukon making plans in case of N.W.T. fire evacuations
Whitehorse's Canada Games Centre designated as reception centre
Yukon officials are making preparations in case they need to follow through on a pledge to offer assistance to the N.W.T. in the event of an evacuation due to forest fires.
Whitehorse fire chief Kevin Lyslo says Yukon officials are going over plans to make sure they're ready. He says they're ready to turn the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse into a reception centre that could handle up to 3,000 people.
"We would anticipate that as a reception centre, if in the event evacuees actually enter Whitehorse," he said.
"Lodging for those people would be through hotels or through the schools and that would be set up through the territorial government."
So far, none of the N.W.T.'s larger communities have been directly threatened by fire.