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 firstname.lastname@example.org.