Archive | July, 2017

New wildfires continue to pop up in northern Alaska

Wildfire season continues to persist in northern Alaska with the discovery of three new lightning-caused fires in the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Friday. Two new fires were found in the Upper Yukon Zone and one was reported in the Tanana Zone. Surveillance aircraft discovered the Lower Birch Fire (#359) along the Yukon […]

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Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week

Cooler temperatures and moderate relative humidity are being reported by firefighters assigned to fires from southwest of Galena to those northeast of Fort Yukon. Isolated thunderstorms continue to move across the region, but they have produced minimal rainfall in some areas and missed others. Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week as […]

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Fire reported Thursday in the BLM White Mountains National Recreation Area

Pilots in passing aircraft Thursday reported a fire along Wickersham Creek in the BLM White Mountains National Recreation Area. BLM Smokejumper aircraft personnel confirmed the fire as they were returning from another mission. They reported the Wickersham Dome Fire (#353) to be 10 acres burning in black spruce and tundra. It is about 3 miles […]

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Hot weather keeps fires active across northern Interior Alaska

Hot weather dominated the northern Interior once again on as temperatures in the 80’s were recorded from the Kobuk Valley to the upper Yukon River. Chalkyitsik reported a high of 88 degrees. West to southwest winds will increase today, relative humidity will generally be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, and temperatures will remain […]

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Over 60 firefighters working on Alaska wildland fires

A lightning-caused fire in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve was discovered Tuesday by spotters in surveillance aircraft. The Essie Creek Fire (#348) was reported to be 5 acres and smoldering in a mix of white and black spruce. It is in a Limited suppression area and will be monitored. While isolated thunderstorms have produced rainfall […]

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Southwest winds push the Nowitna Fire (#336) on Monday afternoon, July 17, 2017. The fire is located 48 miles southeast of Ruby in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. Jake Livingston / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Alaska’s dry Interior still receptive to lightning strikes

Lightning continues to find dry areas across Alaska’s northern Interior with the discovery of the Little Mud Fire (#346) located in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge 35-miles southwest of Tanana. There have been 41 lightning-caused fires this month in the fire management zones of the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), roughly the area north […]

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Tanana Zone reports three new fires discovered Sunday

There were three new fires discovered Sunday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) Tanana fire management zone, an area that roughly covers land from the Colville River on the North Slope, south through Ruby to Denali National Park and Preserve, and east to the Dalton Highway. All three were lightning-caused fires from thunderstorms […]

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Smokejumpers snuff out small wildfire near historic mining site of Flat

The Alaska Division of Forestry reported two new wildfires in the Southwest Area over the weekend, one of which drew a response from smokejumpers. The lightning-caused 22-acre Montana Creek Fire was discovered via satellite by multiple modis dots about 65 miles southwest of McGrath at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday. The fire plotted in a […]

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BLM continues to monitor 24 active fires in the Upper Yukon Zone

A change in the weather has moderated fire activity on wildland fires northeast of Fort Yukon. Upper Yukon Zone fire managers are trading crews on the fire line to make firefighters initial attack available as fire activity picks up in the Tanana fire management zone. Permitted cabins and Native allotments that have been prepared for […]

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Wildfires have burned more than 500,000 acres in Alaska so far this season

Alaska surpassed the 500,000-acre mark in estimated acres burned by wildfires on Sunday. As of Monday morning, 303 fires have burned an estimated 503,257 acres for the season, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Most of that burned acreage has been courtesy of several fires burning in remote locations in the northeastern […]

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