Wildland fire roundup for Thursday, May 28th

The BLM Alaska Smokejumpers and the Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew successfully completed the first part of their burnout operation on the Seventy Mile Fire 10 miles northwest of Eagle. The burnout is planned to be completed today, weather permitting. The operation will remove fuels from the southern flank of the 1,400-acre fire to prevent it from threating Eagle. Firefighters are providing protection to allotments and cabins along the Seventymile River at the Yukon River.

The Trout Fire, 25 miles northwest of Eagle, has grown to 325 acres. Four smokejumpers have set up sprinkler systems and brushed out fuels around all of the structures on a homestead at the confluence of Trout Creek and the Yukon River. The Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve’s fire management plan is to allow this fire to continue naturally.

Smokejumpers were dispatched Wednesday evening to a lightning start fire 15 miles northwest of Fort Yukon in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The Christian River Fire was reported to be .5 acres creeping in black spruce with a 60% active perimeter.

A crew continues to mop up a one-acre fire near the village of Nikolai.  The South Fork Kuskokwim Fire was reported Tuesday.  The cause is under investigation.

Escaped burn piles and abandoned campfires make up the bulk of new fires reported Wednesday. Division of Forestry crews and local fire departments responded to three such calls around Fairbanks, one in Soldotna off of Kalifornsky Beach Road and another near 173 Mile of the Glenn Highway. Another coal seam fire was discovered in the Healy area along with an additional lightning strike fire along the Black River about 50 miles southwest of Chalkyitsik.

Crews plan to wrap up their mop up operation of the Seaton Roadhouse Fire along the Alaska Highway 10 miles from the Canadian border on Thursday. It has not grown beyond 338 acres, is 90% contained and will be placed into monitor status once all personnel are off the fire.


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