BLM AFS smokejumpers working on wildfire near Canadian border

The lightning caused Pass Creek Fire (#245) has burned an estimated 20 acres as of Monday.

The lightning caused Pass Creek Fire (#245) burned an estimated 20 acres by Monday. Photo by Dustin Wessel//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Four BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on a lightning-caused wildfire near the Canadian Border. The Pass Creek Fire (#245) was spotted by BLM AFS personnel from the Upper Yukon Zone on a detection flight Sunday following a few days of lightning strikes in Alaska. It is burning in a modified protection option area about 18 miles north of Eagle in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. It’s burning in an area previously burned in the  49,333-acre Jessica Fire in 1999. There are Native allotments, cabins and private property along the Tatonduk River located within two miles to the south. Plus, due to the forecast calling for continued hot and dry weather in that area, smokejumpers were sent to suppress the fire before it became an unmanageable problem. The fire was last reported to be around 20 acres and backing in a mixture of hardwood, brush and grass. The area is under a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service until 10 p.m. today due to a forecast with temperatures exceeding 75 degrees accompanied by relative humidity levels in the low- to mid-20 percent range and winds in excess of 15 mph. That drying will continue through most of the week.

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

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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