16 smokejumpers now working on fire near Hughes

Sixteen smokejumpers and two Fire Boss aircraft are working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire burning in steep terrain four miles west of Hughes (pictured in the distance)Photo by John Lyons, BLM AFS

Sixteen smokejumpers and two Fire Boss aircraft are working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire burning in steep terrain four miles west of Hughes. This July 26 photo shows the fire burning on a ridge with the Koyukuk River and village of Hughes in the background. Photo by John Lyons, BLM AFS

Eight smokejumpers were added today to help the eight already working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire (#363) burning about four miles west of Hughes since Tuesday. The original eight smokejumpers made good progress cutting saw line from the head of the fire to both the left and right flanks yesterday. Two water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes helped reinforce their saw line by cooling hot spots burning in heavy dead and down timber. Despite the strong winds that produced a few flare ups along the perimeter, the smokejumpers and Fire Bosses were able to keep the fire from growing. They’re working in a forested area with steep terrain on Hughes Mountain across the Koyukuk River from the village of Hughes. There is a mixture of black spruce, white spruce and hardwoods leading from the fire down to the Koyukuk River opposite of the village of Hughes. The smokejumpers reported the fire is burning deep in the duff layer of sphagnum moss. Not only did they add smokejumpers today, but also more chainsaws to aid putting in saw lines through areas of jumbled down trees, some of it larger white spruce trees, around hot areas to keep the fire from spreading. The fire is draped over a ridge with numerous ridges and gullies in between it and the Koyukuk River. The fire is burning Native corporation land. The area is experiencing cooler temperatures, but it will be short lived as another hot, dry spell is predicted to begin on Sunday.

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

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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