Wildland Fire Roundup – Wednesday, May 27th

12:00 p.m. — Weather systems have been moving across Alaska bringing cooler temperatures with scattered showers and higher levels of relative humidity. Despite this, fire danger still remains high for many parts of the state.

Of the 31 active fires across the state, three are staffed. The largest is the 1,077-acre Seventy Mile Fire burning 10 miles northwest of Eagle. Smokejumpers have continued setting up protection for allotments and cabins along the Seventymile River in preparation for a burnout operation when weather allows. This operation is planned to remove fuels between the fire and the river on the southern flank to prevent the fire from threatening Eagle.

The Trout Fire, 25 miles northwest of Eagle, is being allowed to burn naturally. It has increased to 275 acres. There are four smokejumpers providing protection for cabins on Trout Creek at the Yukon River should the fire move in that direction. Both the Seventy Mile and Trout fires were started by lightning Sunday evening.

Crews are coming off of the Seaton Roadhouse Fire as operations wind down on the 338-acre wildland fire burning along the Alaska Highway 10 miles from the Canadian border. The dozer lines around the fire are being rehabbed and crews are mopping up a 500-foot wide area inside the perimeter to ensure the fire is contained. Minimal smoldering in interior spots of the fire was reported Tuesday.

There were five new reported fires on Tuesday. A 2.4-acre fire two miles east of Nikolai appeared to have been burning for a few days. The South Fork Kuskowim Fire was smoldering in heavy white spruce and tundra. A helicopter from McGrath has responded to this fire.

Division of Forestry helitack and engines along with the North Star Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Hollowell Fire off Plack Road in North Pole for two burn piles. Both were extinguished.

The BLM-Alaska Fire Service North Star Type 2 crew training on Fort Wainwright discovered a 10×10 smoldering fire on Post. The Fort Wainwright Fire Department responded to assist the North Stars in putting out the Wood Lot Fire.

A lightning fire was discovered in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. A reconnaissance flight over the fire reported no visible fire activity or smoke. It has burned 75 acres in muskeg and tundra.

Smoke was reported in the area northeast of Nenana Hill. Air Attack flew over the area and no smoke was found. It will be recorded as a false alarm.

The forecast is calling for a return of sunny warm days that will dry out what little rain has been received and fire danger remains high throughout much of the state.

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