Archive | July, 2019
Map of fires from the Cornucopia Complex on July 30, 2019.

Weather to test work completed on Cornucopia Complex

Beaver, Alaska – Weather will test firelines today put in by crews on the Cornucopia Complex as the sun cures vegetation, the humidity drops to 35% and gusty winds to 20 mph blow from the west. A wind from the west is predicted to push the east end of the Hadweenzic fire to the east […]

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Trees torching on the Hadweenzic Fire.

Upper Yukon Zone: Initial attack response success

In the past few days initial response to new fires in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Zone has successfully kept fires under 200 acres.  The Upper Yukon Zone, which covers the Northern Interior part of the state, has 60 active fires. In recent days trace amounts of rain have made it on to […]

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Photo of smoke rising through clouds above Little Mud River Fire Monday sent ash blowing 10 miles northeast to Manley.

Fire kicks up smoke in Tanana Zone; public meeting scheduled in Rampart for Thursday

Fire activity picked up on the Little Mud River Fire (#316) Monday, creating a large smoke column that sent blowing ash as far as Manley, 10 miles away. The fire is not staffed at this time, however, smokejumpers at a nearby fire are going to assess the protection needs of a cabin 4 miles from […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex Update: 55% Completed

Fire managers consider the western perimeter of Frozen Calf Fire between Chahalie and Ohtig lakes to be contained, reducing the chances of fire crossing it toward Chalkyitsik. The 16.5-mile containment line, construct of hand line, dozer line and natural barriers will continue to be patrolled and monitored by firefighters assisted by drones. Mop up is […]

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Final Update for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – With the increase of precipitation received over the Chetaslina and Long fires in the past several days, fire activity continues to be minimal. Fire personnel will continue to monitor these fires and will conduct another reconnaissance flight in several days once the fuels have an opportunity to dry out. Fire activity […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/30-7/31: Warming trend brings more smoke to Interior

Fire activity may increase today in Tanana Valley, driven by several days of warmer, drier weather. Many areas of the state continue to experience drought conditions. Upper Yukon Valley fires remain active, with no wetting rain received in Fort Yukon or Chalkyitzik. Fairbanks and Denali National Park are expected to have good to moderate smoke […]

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Final Update for Swan Lake Fire

Daily Update for July 30  This will be the final update for the Swan Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs. For further area, trail, and campground information, please call the office or visit the website for each respective land management agency. Sterling, AK – As the workload for the Swan Lake Fire nears completion, the […]

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Insider Video: Aerial View of John Herberts Village Native Allotment on the Porcupine River

Chalkyitsik Insider Video: Aerial View of John Herberts Village Native Allotment on the Porcupine with Structure Protection

This video from July 29 shows the structure protection around a group of structures called John Herberts Village. Fire crews have been able to halt the fire spread of the Frozen Calf Fire north to the Porcupine River before fire reached this hunting camp on a well known Native allotment. For generations, families in the […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: Monday evening video update

While Fairbanks and large areas of Alaska have experienced rain over the past week, the Yukon Flats and Chalkyitsik remain hot and dry. Crews continue to work towards the goal of securing line and the western perimeter between Chahalie Lake and Ohtig Lake. Crews have been aiming to complete firing operations south of Chalkyitsik along […]

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This picture depicts firefighters walking down the stairs from a passenger jet onto the airport tarmac.

100th crew from Lower 48 arrives in Fairbanks

As blue-shirted ranks of firefighters stepped off a chartered jet and onto the tarmac of Fort Wainwright’s Ladd Army Airfield on Saturday evening, a 2019 milestone was reached for Alaska. Arrival of the five interagency handcrews from midwestern states marked the 100th crew coming to Alaska from the Lower 48 to fight fire this year. […]

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