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    Yukon fire threatening main phone link contained
    Last Updated Fri, 25 Jun 2004 13:37:40
    WHITEHORSE - Calm winds and a hurried response have helped to temporarily contain a 3,000-hectare fire threatening the Yukon's main communication tower and parts of the Alaska Highway.

    The tower, responsible for all long-distance telephone calls, internet service and bank transactions in the territory, is now protected by a portable sprinkler system fed by a 20,000-litre tank, emergency measures co-ordinator Anthony DeLorenzo told CBC News Online.

    Local phone service, communication between firefighters and the 911 response system would not be affected, he added.

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    About 50 people in the Swift River area, 300 kilometres south of Whitehorse, could still be forced from their homes at any time though, he said.

    Just a few days ago, the blaze's fury had overwhelmed the community's firefighting ability. In all, there are 50 active fires in the territory, which have burned an estimated 1,200 square kilometres.

    "It was beyond what we could contain with water bomber helicopters or air tankers. The fires were spreading like, well, like wildfire," said fire manager Ken Colbert.

    On Thursday, extra water bombers and fire crews arrived from Alberta and more are expected today from British Columbia. But Colbert says they are still no match for the explosive fire conditions in Yukon woods.

    Record-high temperatures in the mid-30s are to blame and have left forests tinder dry.

    "It's been 32 degrees for a solid week," said DeLorenzo. "We've never had more than three days of this since we started keeping records. This is really unusual weather for us."

    Normally, temperatures don't go much above 19 C.

    DeLorenzo said he doesn't expect the fire will be doused any time soon. Firefighters simply hope to keep it from spreading further.



    Written by CBC News Online staff

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    July 9, 2004 4:00 p.m.


    More Hectares Burned This Year In The Yukon
    Than Canada's Entire Fire Season Last Year



    http://www.gov.yk.ca/depts/community...ewbul2004.html

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