Fires burning in Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

The Allen Fire (#197) was discovered burning in a limited protection area on June 7. It is located on the northwest slope of the Andreafsky Mountains, 35 miles north of Saint Mary's. Photo courtesy Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The Allen Fire (#197) was discovered burning in a limited protection area on June 7. It is located on the northwest slope of the Andreafsky Mountains, 35 miles north of Saint Mary’s. Photo courtesy Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Numerous fires are burning on the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge after lightning touched down in Southwest Alaska recently. At 19.5 million acres, this refuge is larger than the state of Maine. It is dominated by wetlands and tundra and falls within both Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service suppression areas. Fire management and refuge officials are monitoring six of the fires because they are burning in a limited suppression area and pose no risk to known sites of value. Air and ground resources were working on the remaining three fires burning in a full protection management option and pose a risk to nearby sites of value. All fires are believed to be lightning caused.

Kogok River Fire (#175): This fire was initially reported on June 6. As of Thursday morning, it was estimated to be 632 acres and actively burning in tundra approximately 20 miles south of St. Michael. Aircraft are dumping water on the fire and other fires in the area to protect nearby values. The Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot crew will arrive at the fire Thursday to try to suppress it.

Kogok 3 (Fire #192): This fire was initially reported on June 6. A BLM Alaska Fire Service aircraft flew over the fire Wednesday. It was reported as 50 acres and was actively burning. Aircraft are dropping water on the fire and other fires in the area to protect nearby values.

Nonvalnuk Fire (#189): This fire was initially reported on June 6. A BLM AFS aircraft flew the fire Wednesday and reported north winds were pushing the fire in tundra. It was estimated at 75 acres. Aircraft are dropping water on the fire and other fires in the area to protect nearby values.

Tubungaluk Creek Fire (#152): This fire was initially reported on June 4. This fire is burning in a limited protection area between several bodies of water 31 miles northeast of Bethel. It was last estimated at 285 acres. It was not flown yesterday due to higher priority fires. No suppression action has been taken on this fire because no known values are threatened.

Pikmiktalik River (Fire #154): This fire was initially reported on June 4. This continued to burn in a limited protection area located 27 miles northeast of Bethel. The fire is burning in tundra and is not threatening any values. It was last estimated at 430 acres. This fire was not flown yesterday due to other higher priority fires. No suppression action has been taken on this fire.

Kogruluk River (Fire #173): This fire was reported on June 5. It continues to burn in a limited protection area between bodies of water 28 miles north of Bethel. The northwest side of the fire remains active in tundra fuels. The estimated size is approximately 204 acres. The fire was not flown yesterday due to other higher priority fires. No suppression action has been taken on this fire because no values are threatened.

Paiyun Creek (Fire #174): This fire was initially reported on June 6 as near Paiyun Creek, but is actually located in the Kasigluk River drainage 50 miles southeast of Bethel. An Alaska DOF airplane flew the fire Wednesday afternoon and reported it as 1,200 acres with 50 percent actively burning in tundra and shrub. The fire is located in a limited protection area with some allotments nearby, but are not immediately threatened. No suppression action was being taken, but it will be monitored by air.

Allen Fire (#197): This fire was discovered in a limited protection area on June 7 during a surveillance flight of a nearby fire. It is located on the northwest slope of the Andreafsky Mountains, 35 miles north of Saint Mary’s. The fire was reported as approximately 1,500 acres and 30 percent active, burning in tundra. No values are currently threatened so no suppression action will be taken on the fire and it will be monitored by air.

Coral Creek Fire (#200): This fire was discovered burning in a limited protection area Wednesday during a surveillance flight of fire for another fire. It is located approximately 10 miles southeast of Three Step Mountain. A DOF reported it as 500 acres and 70 percent active, burning in tundra and brush. There is an unstaffed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service camp eight miles southwest of the fire, a staffed fish weir site near Three Step Mountain, and multiple allotments in the area. Because none of these values are immediately threatened, no suppression action will be taken on the fire and it will be monitored by air.

Contact the Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511 for more information.

Click here for a map of fires near St. Michael: Map_20170608_YKD_fires_near_St_Michael

Click here for a map of fires near Bethel: Map_20170608_YKD_fires_near_Bethel

 

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