Archive | July, 2017
The Khotol Fire burning 14 miles east of Kaltag roared back to life on Tuesday, putting up smoke and prompting fire officials to send 16 smokejumpers to provide protection for a nearby cabin and two Native allotments. Photo Courtesy Doug Downes//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Smokejumpers work on old fire after it roars back to life

Activity on a 1-1/2 month old fire burning 48 miles southeast of Galena picked up recently, prompting BLM Alaska Fire Service officials to send 16 smokejumpers Wednesday to protect a cabin and Native allotments from the Khotol Fire (#183). A load of eight smokejumpers parachuted near a cabin that was about 1.5 mile from the […]

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This satellite image shows the extent of smoke covering the state from fires burning in Alaska and Canada.

Firefighters continue their work on northeastern Alaska fires.

Smoke from fires north of Fort Yukon and in Canada spread across the Interior and south of the Alaska Range the past two days, but also provided a blanket keeping temperatures cooler and relative humidity higher than forecasted on many of these fires in northeastern Alaska. The fires are burning east of the Sheenjek River […]

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This image shows the extent of the smoke spreading Tuesday evening from fires burning in the northeastern Interior, Yukon and Northwest territories.

Smoke spreads across Alaska from northeastern Interior fires

Smoke from fires burning 70-miles north of Fort Yukon is spreading across many areas of Interior Alaska. The fires burning east of the Sheenjek River and along the Canadian border increased by more than 11,000-acres since Sunday. The northeast to north winds are also carrying smoke from fires burning in the Yukon and Northwest territories […]

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A burned area of the Dietrich River Fire (#304) on Monday, July 10, 2017. The lightning-caused fire is burning along the Dalton Highway near Mile 224. Kelly Lewis / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Upper Yukon fire start streak ends after 16 days

Monday was the first day since June 25 that no new fires were reported in the Upper Yukon Fire management zone. Despite being the first in 16 days without a new fire start, an increase of 37,251 acres occurred yesterday brings the year’s total in the zone to 176,942 acres – more than half the […]

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State forestry firefighting crews head south to help in Lower 48

Fairbanks, AK) – With rain dampening wildfire activity in much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry has begun sending personnel to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts in several western states. Approximately 150 Alaska firefighters from the Division of Forestry have been sent south or will be leaving in the next […]

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This graphic shows the Fine Fuel Moisture levels in Alaska for July 8, today and predicted for July 12 as provided by the Alaska Fire & Fuels Meso West weather information program.

Rains miss northeast Alaskan Interior as fires there continue to burn

Despite much of Alaska receiving rain today, the southeastern Brooks Range, Upper Yukon River, and surrounding uplands continues to be hot, dry, and windy. Gusty northeasterly winds were expected in the southeastern Brooks Range and Yukon Flats. Fires burning in the Upper Yukon fire management zone moderated slightly Sunday, but a shift in the wind […]

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Wind shift brings smoke from northeastern fires to other parts of Alaska

Saturday’s warm, dry weather across the Upper Yukon River and surrounding uplands increased fire activity on a majority of the fires burning east of the Sheenjek River and along the Canadian border. A shift in the wind Saturday evening to the northeast is driving smoke towards communities along the Yukon River and the Dalton Highway […]

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Red Flag Warnings persist for northeastern Alaska

Hot, dry and windy weather continues to plague the northeastern Interior of Alaska prompting a Red Flag Warning to be in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday. The area along the southeastern Brooks Range from Bettles to the Canadian border, along with the Upper Yukon and surrounding uplands are under a National Weather Service Red Flag […]

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The map shows the active fires burning in the northeastern and central parts of Alaska.

Northeastern Alaska continues to be the hot spot for wildfires

The northeastern and central parts of the state continue to be the hot spot for fires – both literately and figuratively. As of Thursday afternoon, there were six of the 84 active fires staffed. All of these fires fall within the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Tanana and Upper Yukon fire management zones that are divided […]

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Northeastern Alaska continues to be active for wildfires

The north and central Interior continues to be the most active for wildfires with four of the five staffed fires in Alaska falling within this part of the state.  Clouds and rain are forecasted to roll through the area this weekend, but how much and whether it will negate some of the persistent dry conditions […]

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