Wildland Fire Roundup – Have a safe Memorial Day!

red flats 5-25


May 25, 2015 – Light rain and higher humidity have helped moderate the fire danger in parts of the state. However, lightning storms with little-to-no rain in the Eastern Interior sparked several fires in the Eagle area yesterday. Red Flag Warnings for more dry lightning are in effect through this evening for the Southeastern Brooks Range east of Coldfoot, the Yukon Flats east of Fort Yukon and the Fortymile country north of Chicken.

Of the four lightning-caused fires north of Eagle the largest is the 200-acre Seventy Mile Fire. Fire managers dispatched smokejumpers, retardant tankers and a water scooping aircraft last night. The fire is burning to the northwest, away from Eagle. No structures or allotments are threatened at this time.

Smokejumpers also responded to the three-acre Trout Fire, north of Eagle, to protect a cabin within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Two more fires, the five-acre Three Castle Mountain Fire farther north of Eagle, and the 10-acre Bullion Creek Fire soouthwest of Eagle, are being monitored.

Crews responded to two human-caused fires in Soldotna yesterday. Both fires near Funny River Road were less than an acre and caused by an escaped burn pile. Both were contained and controlled and are being monitored.

And two dump fires were reported, one in Aniak in Southwest Alaska, and one in Northway. In the Eastern Interior. Both were estimated at a tenth of an acre, with local fire crews responding.

Four hundred eighty-six lightning strikes were reported in mainland Alaska yesterday, with most of those occurring in the Eastern Interior. Additional lightning is forecast today.

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