Video Update: Chalkyitsik Complex Adds New Lightning Fire #687 in the Yukon Flats

Watch this video update filmed at the edge of the village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska with the nearly 500,000 acre complex of lightning caused fires burning visibly in the background. Follow all of the insider video updates by subscribing to the Chalkyitsik Complex YouTube channel by clicking here https://bit.ly/2K5TW6h. As the hot and dry conditions that have contributed to the very large fire growth in the upper Yukon Flats continues, fire behavior has been active with torching, running and flanking to the east of the village. Just over two miles to the west of the village, the lightning caused Small Timber Lake Fire (#687 detected Friday July 26, 2019) is burning along the Draanjik River and has been added to the current complex. Two loads of smokejumpers, a helitack crew, and several Fire Bosses worked to limit fire spread late into the evening last night. Two hand crews are being mobilized today to assist establishing control lines. This new fire was estimated to be 34 acres.

Chalkyitsik Complex Fire Video Update from the village of Chalkyitsik in the Yukon Flats

A very small amount of rain has fallen on the fire area in isolated pockets over the past two days. Yesterday crews continued to secure and mop-up the indirect line between the Draanjik River and Chahalie Lake to protect structures and allotments. Pockets of unburned fuel within the fire area continue to burn and were visible as viewers will see in the backdrop of this video.

A drone equipped with an infrared camera continues to prove invaluable for looking for hot spots along the fire perimeters. Watch a video of the drone footage by clicking here https://youtu.be/aFNeMEcXvgA.

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Live: Chalkyitsik Complex Fire Friday July 26 2019 Update from the Yukon Flats
Live: Chalkyitsik Complex Fire Friday July 26 2019 Update from the Yukon Flats

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