Video Update with Operations Chief Karen Scholl for All Upper Yukon Fires August 10 2019

Firefighters have completed the majority of suppression work securing cabins and the Gwich’in villages of Chalkyitsik, Beaver and Venetie. However, mop up, back haul and demobilization processes take time and numerous aviation assets and a temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the fire area. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. More information on the TFR is available at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_6956.html

Resources such as equipment and personnel that have completed their missions are being transported to Fairbanks for release to their home unit. Fire managers are building a plan to support a proactive response should fire activity increase in the weeks and months ahead. 

Significant fire spread on the wildfires is not expected, but interior fuels will continue to burn and produce visible smoke. Lower duff layers are stubbornly resisting mop up and retaining heat due to persistent drought conditions. These lower layers are now temporarily capped under a moist surface layer that will easily dry. Rain in excess of 4 inches is needed to significantly dampen the lower duff layers.

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