Protection plans intended to ready Yukon communities for worsening wildfires

By Dana Hatherly
Yukon News
January 22, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Yukon is facing the reality of longer, more intense wildfire seasons by paying special attention to how its communities are prepared, according to fire information officer Mike Fancie with Yukon Wildland Fire Management. He said that means coming up with community wildfire protection plans for all Yukon communities. “We need to have strategies in place to reduce wildland fire risk around individual communities in the Yukon,” Fancie said. ..“It’s important for us to look ahead to why we need to build our resiliency to wildfires based on the fact that in the Yukon we’ve chosen to live in the boreal forest,” he said. …Reducing the risk of wildfires involves things like FireSmart work, developing fuel breaks, prescribed fires and stand conversion, which Fancie said refers to flipping parts of the forest by removing evergreen trees and replacing them with aspen trees.

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