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Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation criticizes wildfire response – APTN News

Aug 03, 2023

A First Nation in northern Yukon is questioning the level of support it’s receiving from the territorial government when it comes to tackling wildfires near its community.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) is located in the fly-in community of Old Crow, around 800 kilometers north of Whitehorse.

According to the territory’s fire map, there are currently 25 active fires in the Old Crow district.

“From with the naked eye, we can see plums of smoke coming up around the community,” Chief Pauline Frost said.

“The closest fire was approximately eight kilometers away from our community and some three kilometers away from critical infrastructure we have on the river, cabins and traditional areas.”

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