Firefighters continue to battle hot, dry weather while progressing on Yukon Flats fires

Map of the Applevun and Tiechovun Lake fires burning west and south of Chalyitsik on July 6, 2019

Map of the Applevun and Tiechovun Lake fires burning west and south of Chalyitsik on July 6, 2018. Click on link 20180706_304_TiechovunLake_LX1S_PIO_ArchC_port for PDF version of map.


Firefighters continue to make progress on two fires burning in the Yukon Flats despite battling hot and windy conditions. The Yukon Flats will continue to be the hot spot of the state, both literally and figuratively, and is expected to reach near red flag conditions on Saturday.  Firefighters reported cloud cover on both fires this morning with the Applevun Fire (#305) receiving sporadic sprinkles. That is expected to give way to hot, dry and windy conditions this afternoon.
Map of Tiechovun Lake Fire burning south of Chalkyitsik on July 6, 2018.

Map of Tiechovun Lake Fire burning south of Chalkyitsik on July 6, 2018. Click on link 7-6-18 Tiechovun Lake Fire map for PDF version of map.

Firefighters estimated five percent of the 2,709-acre Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) was contained at the end of the shift Thursday. The fire is burning about 16 miles south of Chalyitsik in an area that is a combination of limited and modified fire management option areas within the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Firefighters continued to secure the tail and mop up spot fires across the Little Black River. Helicopters aided the ground effort by dumping buckets of water on the fire. Firefighters are also working to protect a Native land allotment located within a half a mile of the fire, but separated by a couple of sloughs. There are four allotments and two cabins within striking distance of the fire. The Alaska Division of Forestry Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) White Mountain Crew will deploy to the fire today to join the 79 people already working on the fire.
Firefighters working on the Applevun Fire reported minimal fire activity Thursday as they continued work on securing the edges by mopping up, cutting lines and gridding. There are 28 firefighting personnel working on the 140-acre fire that had burned a mile-long skinny swath of grass interspersed with a mixture of black and white spruce and hardwoods. Firefighters used a micro drone to scout out parts of the fire yesterday. The fire is burning on Native corporation land in a modified management option area about 10 miles west of Chalkyitsik.
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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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