Advertisement

Yukon under heat warning as wildfires close roads and residents evacuate

Click to play video: 'Okanagan sees a significant improvement in fire conditions' Okanagan sees a significant improvement in fire conditions
As warmer weather creeps into the Okanagan, safety measures are being put in place to avoid another disastrous fire season. As Victoria Femia reports, the Okanagan has already seen a dramatic decrease in the number of wildfires compared to last year – Jul 1, 2022

Environment Canada is urging Yukoners to stay cool as a heat wave pushes temperatures up and dozens of new wildfires flare.

The weather agency issued a heat warning today for much of the territory with temperatures expected to reach 28 C with nighttime lows of 13 C.

The warning applies to Whitehorse, Old Crow, Dawson and other regions throughout the central, southern and western regions of the territory.

Read more: A year after deadly B.C. heat dome, experts say events may alter ecology forever

It comes after daily temperature records were set yesterday in Haines Junction, Carmacks and Teslin, with heat hovering around 30 C.

The territory’s wildfire information dashboard shows about 30 new blazes have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Story continues below advertisement

Part of the Klondike Highway remains closed due to smoke from the Crystal Creek fire, which has grown to more than 1,500 hectares.

An evacuation alert issued Sunday for Stewart Crossing, about 15 kilometres from the wildfire, remains in effect.

Click to play video: 'Firefighters battle wildfires in Spain amid European heatwave' Firefighters battle wildfires in Spain amid European heatwave
Firefighters battle wildfires in Spain amid European heatwave – Jun 19, 2022

Sponsored content