Fire activity picks up in BLM AFS Tanana Zone

UPDATE AT 10:30 P.M.

Eight smokejumpers and two water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft are now working on a fire burning within a half a mile from a Native Allotment a little more than nine miles east of Minto. When smokejumpers got in air space above the Tolovana Fire (#326) area it was reported as five acres and running in tundra grass. It was initially reported at 9:52 p.m. The smokejumpers will work into the early morning hours to suppress the fire.

Map of Tolovana Fire burning east of Minto on June 21, 2019.

Map of Tolovana Fire burning east of Minto on June 21, 2019. Click on 6-21-19 Tolovana Fire 326 TAD for PDF version of map

 

ORIGINAL INFORMATION AT 9 P.M.

Lightning and continued dry, hot weather increased fire activity throughout the state Friday including central Alaska within the BLM Alaska Fire Service Tanana Zone. Seven smokejumpers are working on a fire on the Katishna River 44 miles east of Lake Minchumina while Tanana Zone managers are keeping a careful eye on a 1,000-acre fire burning about 30 miles southeast of Allakaket.

Seven smokejumpers are working the 8-acre Bearpaw Fire (#320) on the southside of the Kantishna River near the mouth of the Bearpaw River because it is threatening nearby Native allotment and structures including an occupied residence.

Map of Bergman Creek Fire burning south of Allakaket on June 21, 2019.

Map of Bergman Creek Fire burning south of Allakaket on June 21, 2019. Click on 6-21-19 Bergman_Creek_312 for PDF map.

Meanwhile, the Bergman Creek Fire (#312) is burning about 4-1/2 miles southwest of a Native allotment on the southside of the Koyukuk River. The fire is south of Mountain George. The fire was spotted around noon. Initial size up was it was smoldering, creeping and backing with some group torching in black spruce and tundra. At the time it was estimated at 20 acres. When BLM AFS personnel flew the fire at about 7 p.m., it had increased to an estimated 1,000 acre and was producing enough smoke that was visible from Allakaket about 30 miles away. However, due to prioritizing the multiple fires that were emerging throughout the state, the Bergman Creek Fire will be closely monitored for now because it is not immediately threatening any Native allotments or structures.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.

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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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