BLM AFS responds to fire near Fort Yukon

Photo of the Yllota Slough Fire burning about 1-1/2 mile southeast of Fort Yukon on June 11, 2019.
The Yllota Slough Fire (#225) is burning about 1-1/2 miles southeast of Fort Yukon. Four smokejumpers and a helicopter dropping buckets of water were able to subdue the fire and plan to have it contained and controlled by midday Wednesday. Photo by Jake Livingston, BLM AFS.

Four BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers, aided by a helicopter dropping buckets of water, gained the upper hand of a small fire burning about 1-1/2 miles southeast of Fort Yukon Tuesday afternoon. The Yllota Slough Fire (#225) was discovered at 1:30 p.m. by BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone personnel aboard a fire detection flight. The fire was initially reported at less than a half an acre in size and creeping through brush and a mixture of hardwood and spruce trees. Because it was burning in a critical management option area just outside the village, smokejumpers were quickly dispatched to the fire. The smokejumpers reported at about 6 p.m. that they had knocked the fire down and would spend the rest of the evening mopping up. They plan to demobilize from the fire midday Wednesday.

The fire is suspected of being lightning caused.  

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

Map of Yllota Slough Fire burning southeast of Fort Yukon on June 11, 2019.
Map of Yllota Slough Fire (#225) burning southeast of Fort Yukon on June 11, 2019.

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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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