Archive | July, 2019

All Evacuation Notices Lifted for Shovel Creek Fire Area

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has lifted the Level 1 (Ready) evacuation notices for MARTIN, PERFECT PERCH, and MCCLOUD Subdivisions. There are NO evacuation notices in place for the Shovel Creek Fire area at this time. Call (907-347-6801) if you have any questions. Current Statistics: Size: 21,309 acres      Containment: 54%       Personnel: 384    Start Date: June […]

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Smoke outlook for 7/23 – 7/24: unhealthy air in some areas as smoke returns across Alaska

Heavier smoke returns to the Upper Yukon Valley and will primarily be moving south and west today, both from the large complex fires, as well as from the fires closer to Fairbanks and Denali. Some local areas will experience unhealthy conditions, especially in the mornings, including including Rampart, Fort Yukon, and parts of Denali National […]

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Tanana Zone fires see little growth; crews make progress on lines

Crews working across the Tanana Zone are making steady progress to secure fire lines. Allotment and structure protection remains a primary objective for fire managers and crews on the ground.  Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 45 acres, 36 personnel, started on July 18 Crews have  put in saw line and hose lays around the entire […]

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Photo of Alaska smokejumpers from left to right, Brandon Kobayashi, Russell Kennedy, Kristopher Dudley conducting a burn operation in the marsh below Jim Magdanz and Susan Georgette's cabin on the Mauneluk River Wednesday on July 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Jim Magdanz

Galena Zone: Firefighters prepare for firing operations on fire east of Kobuk

Firefighters built fuelbreaks with hose lays around structures and native allotments in preparation for  burning operations on the Mauneluk River Fire (#535). With fireline securing the north and south sides, the burnout is planned to hold the fire in place. The lighting-caused fire started on July 12 has spread across 8,297 acres on the west […]

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Structures Protected on Chetaslina Fire; Rain on the Way

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheschina cabins and at Dadina Lake near the Chetaslina Fire (#606) are complete. Firefighters returned to the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry helibase after plumbing the structures, setting up the hose lays and sprinkler systems at each of the locations. They […]

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Swan Lake Fire Operations Update July 23, 2019

Rain Forecast at Swan Lake Fire

PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY, 6 PM COOPER LANDING SCHOOL – 19030 BEAN CREEK ROAD Daily Update for July 23 YESTERDAY: Moderate growth and fire activity was observed in the Thurman and Mystery Creek drainages. Occasional tree torching was seen in areas that received no precipitation. The 200 acres increase in growth was due to the fire […]

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Firefighters from the Yukon Flats Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crew work inside a saw line that is designed to help protect allotments from the Chandalar River Fire. Hoses have been laid inside the saw line as well. PHOTO: Beth Ipsen/BLM Alaska Fire Service

Upper Yukon: Weather may allow burnout operations

Weather conditions today or tomorrow could finally allow firefighters to conduct planned burnout operations on three fires in the Upper Yukon Zone’s Cornucopia Complex: the Hadweenzic Fire (#337), the Tony Slough Fire (#493) and the Chandalar River Fire (#349). Firefighters have prepared for these burnout operations for more than a week, cutting line and laying […]

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Successful Burnout Yesterday – Hess Creek Fire 7/23/19

Yesterday firefighters conducted a burnout operation on the southeast corner of the #HessCreekFire along the Elliott Highway between mile markers 61 and 65. The goal of this operation was to remove fuel (mostly black spruce trees) between the fire’s edge and the highway. Based on weather forecasts, fire managers expected the main fire to burn […]

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Dense smoke settled in Chalkyitsik on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019. A high pressure ridge over northeast Alaska has brought warmer temperatures along with light and variable winds. Smoke will persist through the week. A chance of rain Friday may clear some of the smoke away. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex sees active fire behavior

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 –#348, Frozen Calf Fire –#367, Bearnose Hill Fire –#407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 473,451 acres combined – 281 personnel assigned to the complex Portions of all four fires in the Chalkyitsik Complex were active yesterday. The Bearnose Hill Fire is continuing to run to the northeast, spreading another 2 miles north of […]

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Swan Lake Fire Operations Briefing July 23, 2019

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