Evacuation alert issued in Yukon for the Ibex Valley east of the Takhini River

By Chris MacIntyre
CBC News
July 9, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents living in the Ibex Valley area, east of the Takhini River, are now under an evacuation alert due to a wildfire burning near the Takhini River bridge. The Yukon’s Emergency Measures Organization issued the alert late Saturday night. The fire, which was reported at 5 p.m. Saturday, is burning about two kilometres south of the bridge, along the Alaska Highway. A helicopter, two air tankers, the Yukon Fire Marshall SHOT (Special Heavy Operations Team) group and crews from Wildland Fire Management and the Hootalinqua and Ibex Valley Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to respond. …As of 1 a.m. on Sunday, the fire had grown to approximately 73 hectares. It was highly visible, with smoke affecting the Ibex Valley and Whitehorse. According to the Department of Community Services, winds were favourable and did not push the fire directly toward the Alaska Highway and residences.

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