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Wildfire prompts Yukon to declare state of emergency for Mayo, surrounding area

August 9, 2023
By Avert staff

The Yukon government has declared a state of emergency for Mayo and the surrounding areas that are either affected by wildfires or at risk of them.

This localized state of emergency covers a 15-km radius from the centre of the community, supporting the municipal state of emergency declared by the village on Sunday.

The Talbot Creek Fire is still threatening the Mayo and the Na-cho Nyäk Dun First Nation community. Wildland Fire Management, the Village of Mayo Volunteer Fire Department, the RCMP, the Special Heavy Operations Team (SHOT), and others responders, are working together to keep the community safe.

Yukon’s Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn said in a news release the declaration helps responders by clarifying that they have full authority to, “protect persons and property, maintain and control the use of roads and streets, assist law enforcement and conduct any other activities considered necessary to save this community from fire.


“We are hopeful this will be a temporary measure and want to thank emergency responders, who are working tirelessly to protect the lives and property of area residents. We thank them for everything they’re doing under these extraordinary and difficult circumstances,” Mostyn said.

This article was written with the assistance of ChatGPT.

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