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.
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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