Canada’s Capstone Mining has halted mining operations at its Minto mine due to a spreading wildfire.

In a statement Capstone said the wildfire, which was spreading along the west bank of the Yukon River, had turned westward over the past two days and is now just 6km away from the mine.

The mine workforce will be reduced to a maintenance crew only and mining and milling operations will be temporarily suspended for five to seven days.

According to Yukon Wildland Fire Management (YWFM), it is unlikely the fire can be extinguished and will continue to spread due to the weather conditions and the abundance of dry, fallen timber from previous forest fires.

Capstone said YWFM plans to commence a back burn around the Minto Mine site, pre-burning available fuel for the fire under controlled conditions to prevent the wildfire reaching the mine property.

The Minto mine, located in the Yukon, Canada, is a high-grade open pit copper-gold mine.