Archive | July, 2017

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‚Äôs 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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Weather change lessens wildland fire activity

Cooler, wetter weather has moved into the Interior of Alaska moderating behavior on wildland fires northeast of Fort Yukon. Upper Yukon Zone fire managers are taking advantage of the weather to pull crews from the line back into town for days off and to refurbish their equipment; so that they are ready for redeployment when […]

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Three new fires Friday in the Tanana Zone

There were three new fires discovered Friday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) Tanana fire management zone. All three were lightning-caused fires from thunderstorms this past week. The John River Fire (#337) was originally reported by private aircraft as 100 yards across and burning off of a gravel bar along the John River, […]

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The Campbell River Fire burns to the southwest of the confluence of the Salmon Trout and Porcupine rivers Friday, July 14, 2017, near the Canadian border in northeast Alaska. The fire was a reported as 30 percent active with the most activity on the southwestern edges. James Higgins / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Cooler, wetter weather expected for fires in northeastern Alaska

Fire activity picked up Friday as hot, dry weather continued over the northeastern Interior keeping wildland fires north of Fort Yukon and in Canada producing smoke. The smoke from these fires has spread across much of Alaska the past several days but a shift in the wind from the southwest has cleared many areas across […]

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The Campbell River Fire burns to the southwest of the confluence of the Salmon Trout and Porcupine rivers Thursday, July 13, 2017, near the Canadian border in northeast Alaska. A fire break is visible in the foreground cut to protect Native allotments and the historic area of Old Rampart, an area from the days of riverboat trade between fur buyers and local trappers. James Higgins / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Hot, dry weather persists for northeast Alaska fires

Hot, dry weather persists over the northeastern Interior keeping wildland fire activity high today and tomorrow north of Fort Yukon and in Canada. Smoke from these fires has spread across much of Alaska the past several days. A cold front out of the northern Yukon Territory is forecasted to move into the northeast Interior forecast […]

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