Lightning sparks fires over weekend around Eagle

May 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. – Rain, lower temperatures and higher humidity have helped moderate fire weather conditions in much of the state and, for the first time in two weeks there are no Red Flag Warnings in effect.
Lightning over the weekend resulted in several starts in the Upper Yukon area north of Eagle. The largest is the Seventy Mile Fire burning north of the Seventymile River near the Yukon River. As of Tuesday morning, the fire was reported at 1,077 acres with minimal activity on Monday. There are 16 smokejumpers, along with helicopter support providing protection to allotments and a cabin site on the south side of the Seventymile. If conditions present themselves, a burnout operation is planned to remove fuels between the fire and the Seventymile River to ensure that the fire will not make a run towards Eagle, 10 miles away. Otherwise, the fire will be allowed to naturally run its course.
The Trout Fire is burning along Trout Creek further north of the Seventy Mile Fire. Smokejumpers are on the ground there to protect cabins at the mouth of Trout Creek and the Yukon River. Firefighters are not actively engaged with the fire.
The Three Castle Mountain Fire, thirty miles north of Eagle, has been put into monitor status. Fire officials made a reconnaissance flight over the fire Monday and reported no visible smoke.
The Bullion Creek Fire, 42 miles southwest of Eagle is another lightning start from Sunday. It is in a limited suppression area and will be monitored.
There were nearly 800 lightning strikes recorded on Monday across the state with many of them in the Upper Yukon area and the eastern Brooks Range. Strikes were also recorded in the Fortymile country and out west between the communities of McGrath and Galena. Fire officials will be making reconnaissance flights today looking for any starts from yesterday’s activities.

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