Keno City residents take fire protection into their own hands, say gov't isn't providing enough help


When a nearby wildfire put Keno City under threat in early July, residents rushed to assemble the final pieces of their own fire protection service.

They had slowly started piecing it together this past spring. One local donated his old water truck. Others reached out to nearby mining companies for supplies. 

The community’s equipment, which consists of six donated water totes, several water pumps and a water truck, is now placed in strategic locations around town.

Amber Smith, spokesperson for the Keno City Resident Council, said the community, which has been without protection since its fire truck was removed by the Yukon government in 2019, is frustrated with how slowly the Yukon

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