June, 10, 2016 — The BLM Alaska Fire Service is busy working on a fire north of Shungnak and Kobuk in the Northwest Arctic. The fire was reported at around 2:30 p.m. Friday and was burning roughly a mile west of Dahl Creek which is located seven miles north of Kobuk at the end of a road. It quickly grew to an estimated 894 acres within a few hours later as 24 BLM Alaska Smokejumpers and an assortment of aircraft worked to protect structures at Dahl Creek. Two large CL-415 water scoopers, two smaller water-dropping Fire Boss airplanes and an air retardant tanker were all at some point used in the fire suppression efforts. The Warren Creek Fire is considered human caused.
Like most of Western Alaska, the area has been experiencing sunny and dry weather while much of the rest of the state has been getting rain. The National Weather Service has predicted this will continue tomorrow for the upper Kobuk and Noatak valleys. Ambler, Shugnak and Noatak are expected to see sunny skies with highs in the upper 60s to Lower 70s. Clouds are expected to move into the area by Saturday night with isolated showers forecasted Sunday morning.
For more information, contact the Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.
The following photos are from Federal Aviation Administration weather cameras in Ambler at 4:47 p.m. and from Shungnak at 8:26 p.m. today showing smoke from the Warren Creek Fire.