Community rallies to fight small wildfire near Haines Junction, Yukon

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A couple of dozen people leapt into action Friday evening to fight a small wildfire that threatened a woman’s unfinished house near Haines Junction, Yukon. 

Daniel Clunies-Ross received a phone call from his mother around 6:30 p.m. alerting him to smoke near his girlfriend’s property, which is about 30 kilometres west of Whitehorse and south of the Alaska Highway.

“I had very few details, just that there was a fire,” said Clunies-Ross.

He got in touch with everyone in his immediately family — most of whom were home. They grabbed shovels, got in some vehicles and drove toward the site, he said.

A small wildfire threatened a home in Haines Junction, Yukon on Friday evening but community

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