On another Yukon fire base in the village of Teslin, Crew Leader Kevin Welin said his crew is being monitored every day to prevent a potential spread of the virus.
“We’re checking everybody’s temperature’s every day, and if one of my crew isn’t feeling well we’ll just tell them to stay home. It’s fairly easy for a small crew like ours to stay six feet apart, except when we’re in the truck. That’s when we have to be careful, but we’re focusing a lot on keeping everything sanitized.” – Kevin Welin, Crew Leader
If a wildfire does spread in the Yukon, fire crews will have to set up camp very close to the fire, making it more difficult to maintain proper social distancing measures. Crews will not only be in a more dangerous situation with respect to the fire, they will also be working in conditions where an illness can spread much easier.
According to Welin and Hopkins, the key things people can do to prevent a potential fire are keep campfires small and extinguish them properly. They hope if everyone abides by those precautions there firefighters will not have to put their health at risk more than they already do.