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.
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.
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.