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Forest fires to cut Dawson City road access

The Pique Creek fire viewed from the McQuesten Airstrip. Photo: Yukon Wildland Fire Management.

Wildland Fire Management says two fires are within three kilometres of the highway between Dawson City and Stewart Crossing as a fire ban is now in place for most of the territory.

Two fires which are approaching the Klondike Highway southeast of Dawson City has Yukon Wildland Fire Management warning of a potential highway closure.

Wildland Fire says the 82,000 hectare Pigue Creek fire about 83 kilometres southeast of Dawson City had some aggressive activity Monday and moved to within two kilometres of the highway. The 12,700 hectare Hunker Summit fire is three kilometres from the road.

The agency says if the fire breaches the highway, it will have to be closed for safety reasons, and the length of the closure would depend on the fire.

Yukon 511 said as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, a travel advisory was in place. 

The latest on any closure can be found here.

Wildland Fire says they are working with NorthwesTel, Yukon Energy, RCMP, Highways and Public Works, and the Yukon Emergency Measures Organization.

Officials say a plan is in place should there be an impact on the highway. Protective Services says Dawson City has enough generator fuel to power the city for several days in case of a power line interruption.

The town is not under any wildfire threat.

Yukon-wide Fire Ban

Meantime, a fire ban is in place for almost all of the territory.

All open fires in Dawson, Mayo, Carmacks, Ross River, Whitehorse, Teslin, Haines Junction, and Beaver Creek, as well as the surrounding areas, are not permitted.

This ban applies to all Yukon Government approved campgrounds and open fires, including campfires outside of campgrounds.

Fireworks are not permitted for use during this time. The same goes for landfill or dump burnings.

Barbecues with lids and small cookstoves are still permitted for use, but Yukoners are advised to use extreme caution.

Wildland Fire management says officials will be monitoring campgrounds, landfills, and dumps to ensure the ban is being respected.

Parks Canada Yukon put a fire ban in place for the Kluane National Park and Reserve a few hours earlier on Monday.

The fire danger rating is high or extreme for the majority of the territory. 

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