Wildfire in the Yukon grows and is not under control

    The wildfire was seen just outside of Haines Junction, Yukon. The fire was human caused, says an official.

    Haines Junction, Canada (KINY) - A human-caused wildfire burning near Haines Junction, Yukon, has grown — covering nearly 100 acres by Sunday afternoon.

    According to CBC TV, the fire was first reported to the territory's Wildland Fire Management at 10 p.m. on Saturday, according to fire information officer Mike Fancie. It is near Haines Junction.

    On Saturday, the wildfire was covering two acres and officials said it was spreading north and away from the village. Earlier Sunday, Fancie said the fire was 12 hectares. By 3 p.m. local time, the fire had grown to 100 acres, he said.

    "As of right now, winds from the south are sending the fire up and away from the village," said Fancie in an update Sunday afternoon.

    There are currently 15 firefighters working with heavy equipment, three helicopters, and two air tanker groups responding to the fire.

    The fire is not yet under control, said Fancie.

    Fancie said the weather forecast is looking "less helpful than we would hope," which will make it more difficult to contain it.

    Fancie said this is the 25th fire recorded in Yukon this season. He's reminding people to be mindful of the local fire danger rating, and to practice campfire safety.

    Fancie said he doesn't have any specific information on how the fire started.

    "All I can say is that it was an unnatural start," he said.

    Wildland crews also responded to another wildfire near the Ross River airport, according to an online update Saturday afternoon. A helicopter and an air tanker group responded to the wildfire in a grassy field. Officials said the fire was under control and located in a critical fire management zone.

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