Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines on Conucopia Complex fires

Beaver, Alaska – Firefighters continued the same work on Tuesday as they have for the last few days – holding and improving line already built and watching for opportunities to conduct burnout operations on Conucopia Complex fires.

Burnouts remove fuel like timber and brush ahead of the fire to reduce the likelihood it will advance with a change in weather or wind. The incident management team would like to ensure, before they leave, that allotments and other values east of the Hadweenzic River Fire and north of the Chandalar River Fire, are safe. The best way to do that is to burn any vegetation between the fire and the sites, structures and Native allotments being protected.

The east end of the Hadweenzic River Fire was fairly active Tuesday with the warming and drying caused by  winds and low humidity. The same drying caused an increase in activity on the southeast perimeter of the Chandalar River Fire Tuesday. Due to this, satellite imagery picked up hot spots on both fires. Because today’s forecast includes continued dry conditions with humidity around 35%, the fire is expected to continue to be active. However, there is an increased chance of precipitation and cooler temperatures tonight and Thursday.

Firefighters remove equipment and garbage on July 27, 2019 from the Hadweenzic River Fire after it no longer needed.
Firefighters remove equipment and garbage on July 27, 2019 from the Hadweenzic River Fire after it no longer needed.

Today, crew shuttles will continue as firefighters head home and are replaced. Crews will continue building line around the bible camp allotment for several more days. Firefighters on the Hadweenzic River Fire will continue to hold and wait for an opportunity to burn, as well as assess the best way to downsize and begin pulling equipment off the fire. Firefighters on the Chandalar River Fire used an aerial Plastic Sphere Dispenser Tuesday to conduct a firing operation. About one half mile of line was completed before the wind changed and the operation was halted. Firefighters will conduct burn operations on all fires when weather allows.

A Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place for the Hadweenzic River and Tony Slough fires. Go to for more information on the TFR.

Click on link for PDF version of the update 7-31 Cornucopia Complex Update.

Complex acreage: 91,200          

Complex personnel: 353  

Hadweenzic River Fire:  61,290 acres             

Chandalar River: 11,202 acres

Portland NIMO Incident Commander: Bea Day

Information Officer: Kris Eriksen


Map of Cornucopia Complex Fires on July 31, 2019.

Map of Cornucopia Complex Fires on July 31, 2019. Click on link 20190731_Map for PDF version of map.



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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