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Yukoners responding to wildfires across Canada

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Through this mutual aid support the Government of Yukon is helping provinces and territories that are experiencing severe resource shortages during a record breaking wildfire season

While ensuring that the Yukon maintains adequate domestic firefighting capacity, the Yukon Government continues to send wildland fire personnel to Canada to support wildfire response operations.

The Yukon has sent 76 employees, including three unit crews, to incidents in Alberta, Quebec, and the Northwest Territories since May 8.

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The Yukon Government is assisting provinces and territories affected by severe resource shortages during a record-breaking wildfire season by providing mutual aid. Due to low levels of lightning and favorable weather, wildfire activity in the Yukon has been low so far this year.

In addition, the Yukon increases its firefighting capabilities by utilizing the Canadian mutual-aid system. More than 300 people, including firefighters, an incident management team, a self-contained fire camp, dispatchers, and two air-tanker groups from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, provided the Yukon with valuable assistance in 2022.

Every Yukoner is still being urged by the government to make an emergency kit with essential supplies for each member of the household that can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency. Each person should be able to survive without power or running water for at least 72 hours thanks to the kit.

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