06/25/2012 01:17 EDT | Updated 08/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Fires burning close to several Yukon communities

Several new fires started around Yukon Sunday, bringing the total to 47 that have started in the last four days.

One fire is 1.5 kilometres away from Keno City.

Mike Mancini, who owns and operates the Keno City Snack Bar, said it was a close call this weekend.

"When things were going full tilt, I saw right from the snack bar window. My understanding is that everything is under control but they're staying here for a couple more days just to keep an eye on things. As far as I know we're out of danger for now," he said.

George Maratos with Wildland Fire said that by working with air tankers and on the ground, crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading.

"They hope to have that fully contained within the next few days. All the residents are aware of the situation but no evacuations were necessary and not expected," he said.

Fire 600 metres from Eagle Plains Lodge

Fire crews will be back on the scene of a fire which was spotted Sunday just two kilometres from the Inn on the River near Johnson's Crossing, roughly 50 kilometres from Teslin.

An air tanker group, helicopter and several firefighters were working on that two-hectare fire Sunday evening. Crews blanketed the fire’s perimeter with retardant Sunday evening.

Crews were also up on the Dempster Highway Sunday fighting a fire which was 600 metres from the Eagle Plains Lodge.

Stan McNevin noticed it and called for help.

"We were fortunate to have an approximately 20k wind blowing against the fire and away from the lodge," he said.

McNevin said he’s grateful for the quick response from fire crews.

The blaze isn't out yet, but it hasn't spread.

Crews are also working to contain a fire about six kilometres from Watson Lake. Five fires near the Dempster Highway are forcing temporary closures as smoke obscures visibility along a kilometre stretch north of the Ogilvie River.

Additional fire crews have brought in from B.C. and Alberta to help in Yukon. All of the fires were caused by lightning.

Cooler weather moving in

Wildland Fire Management said that cooler weather is headed towards the Yukon from the south, which should help the firefighters.

"We are expecting the weather to moderate for the next three to four days and we should be able to get a very good handle on any fires burning around the communities," said duty officer Mike Sparks.

Sparks said fires near Upper Liard, Eagle Plains and Inn on the River, are all under control for now.

The fire rating danger is high to extreme in most of the territory.

High winds Sunday caused two trees to fall onto power lines on the Tagish Road and on Grey Mountain in Whitehorse.

Both caused small fires which local crews put out quickly.