Smokejumpers respond to fire near Koyuk

This FAA weather camera shot shows the smoke from the fire burning east of Koyuk at 1:13 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

This FAA weather camera shot shows the smoke from the fire burning east of Koyuk at 1:13 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 –  BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers are responding to a fire burning in tundra about two miles east of Koyuk. The fire was reported by villagers at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. Agency personnel flew over the fire and reported the fire as about 10 acres in size, 15 percent active and burning with a slow rate of spread along the north side of the Koyuk River. There were already a handful of villagers from Koyuk working on the fire. With  predicted dry, sunny weather for the next several days and the potential future threat to the community of Koyuk, the decision was made to extinguish the fire. 

 

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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