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Yukon's Legal Fire Season is Coming to an End

Photo: Courtesy of Wildland Fire

Some Yukoners won't be required to have a permit to burn starting October 1

YUKON - The Yukon Protective Services would like to remind residents that the legal fire season ends soon.

The season closes on September 30, meaning from October 1 to March 31, Yukoners aren't required to have a permit to burn hand-piled fuels outside of municipal boundaries.

Those that reside in the City of Whitehorse or in another community in the territory, be sure to know your municipal by-laws when it comes to fires.

If you're planning to burn before October 1, you will need a permit.

The autumn months can still mean dry ground and piles can burn deeper into the ground, further than most can reach. The residual heat from a legal fire might re-ignite and generate smoke, which could frighten your neighbours and result in an unexpected visit from local firemen.

Yukon Protective Services encourage the following:

- Have a fire on days with little to no wind.
- Burn smaller batches of hand-piled brush to have better control over fires.
- Locate your burns on gravel if possible in forests, rather than the forest floor.
- Keep basic firefighting tools near such as a water source, or a shovel.

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