BLM AFS working on fire 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon

BLM AFS is working on the ground and by air to suppression the Chandalar River Fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. Photo by Kay Kudo, BLM AFS

BLM AFS is working on the ground and by air to suppression the Chandalar River Fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. Photo by Kay Kudo, BLM AFS

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on a 15-acre fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. On Wednesday, a load of eight smokejumpers, two water-scooping Fire Bosses and an air attack airplane used to coordinate the fire suppression efforts responded to the Chandalar River Fire (#175) burning east of the river it’s named after. The fire was spotted at about 2 p.m. Wednesday by BLM AFS Upper Yukon Zone personnel aboard a plane on its way to Fairbanks after visiting the zone’s turn-key fire station in Fort Yukon. The fire is burning on land that falls under the full management option giving the Chandalar River Fire a high priority for suppression efforts. The fire originally burned through grass in an old lake bed before reaching hardwoods and slowing down to a crawl. Zone personnel initially reported 35 percent of the fire’s perimeter was active with an occasional tree torching. The fire is within 3.5 miles of a cabin with several Native allotments in the area.

People in Fort Yukon may see an slight uptick in fire personnel and equipment as BLM AFS continues its response to the fire.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.

For more information, contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510 or (907)388-2159 or eipsen@blm.gov.

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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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