Smokejumpers, water scoopers working fire on Norton Sound coast

The Romanoff Fire (#234) is burning in fire within the Yukon Delta National Refuge on the south side of Port Romanof on the Norton Sound coast. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Romanoff Fire (#234) is burning in fire within the Yukon Delta National Refuge on the south side of Point Romanof on the Norton Sound coast. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

A load of eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and three aircraft including two water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes responded Friday night to a wildfire on the south side of Point Romanof about 29 miles south of Stebbins. While looking into a report of a possible fire just four miles west of last week’s Kogok 3 Fire (#192), BLM AFS Galena Zone personnel aboard a plane confirmed the report at 3:12 p.m. Friday afternoon. By then, people reported seeing the smoke from Stebbins. The Romanoff Fire (#234) is burning in a full suppression area on a Native allotment within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. When smokejumpers, who were responding from Fairbanks more than 450 miles away, got over the fire shortly before 7 p.m., the fire was estimated to be 800-1,000 acres and 80 percent active with some running and spotting at the fire’s head. The fire originated on the beach of the allotment and is suspected to be human caused. Fire management officials believe humidity levels will significantly increase overnight due to it burning on the Norton Sound coast, helping smokejumpers with fire suppression efforts. There are no structures in the area, but there are Native allotments nearby.

Contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510 or eipsen@blm.gov for more information.

This photo shows how close the Romanoff Fire is burning to the Norton Sound. The fire is burning on the south side of Point Romanoff. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

This photo shows how close the Romanoff Fire is burning to the Norton Sound. The fire is burning on the south side of Point Romanof. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

 

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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