Upper Yukon Zone: Allotment protection and initial attack continue

Sprinkler and hose line around a remote cabin in the Upper Yukon Zone.

“Alaska is a big state, there are 20 minute fuels here,” Jake Livingston, Upper Yukon Zone acting Fire Management Officer said. Precipitation is forecasted for the Interior of the state, but there are areas that are very dry and may not receive substantial rain. Black spruce and hardwood trees continue to be extremely flammable and drought remains high in the Upper Yukon Zone.

The Upper Yukon Zone, which covers the Northern Interior part of the state, has 58 active fires.

The Jefferson Creek Fire (#682) remains at 25 acres and is 100% contained. Firefighters are continuing mop-up, putting out any remaining hot spots. The fire is located six miles east of Circle on the north side of the Yukon River.

The Tinjikvun Lake Fire (#693), is 1.7 acres and was called out today.

The Black River fire (#262), that started by lightning June 18 and was last reported July 24 with 97,701 acres, was very active last night. It has been in monitor status since mid-June. Eight smokejumpers staffed the fire last night and will be on the fire multiple nights to protect allotments nearby the fire.

There are two Incident Management Teams and a National Incident Management Organization supporting the zone by managing fires within the Yukon Flats , grouped into two complexes. Initial attack on new fires and Native allotment protection continue to be priorities on the Upper Yukon Zone.

Information on wildfire smoke predictions can be found at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks website located at http://smoke.alaska.edu/.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907) 356-5511, or email 2019.AFS.FIRES@gmail.com.

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