Kwethluk Fire (fire #012) Update: 2,000 Acres Burning into Natural Barriers Is Under Surveillance

#KwethlukFire (fire #012) Update: A second DOF surveillance flight with fire mapping specialist Matt Snyder and trainee David Camacho took place on Easter Sunday afternoon with the size estimated to be 2,000 acres. This wildfire in western Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge was originally reported by several commercial aircraft at midday on Friday, April 15th. The approximate location is 25 miles to the east of the village of Kwethluk, 35 miles southeast of Napakiak, and 34 miles southeast of the FAA camera in Bethel. The fire is of unknown origin, is located in a Limited Protection area, and has been burning into natural barriers within 3-5 miles of native allotments and other known sites. This tundra fire was given it’s name due to it’s proximity to the village of Kwethluk. Read more about protection areas, fire management plans and wildfire in Alaska here:

Kwethluk Fire #012 Photos Easter Sunday April 17th 2022 by DOF Southwest Area Aviation Foreman and mapping specialist Matt Snyder. You may also view these photos in the slideshow below.

Values at risk include native allotments one mile to the northeast, 2.3 miles to the southeast, 3.3 miles to the west, and the Kwethluk Fish Weir approximately 5 miles to the west southwest. There are no threats to allotments, cabins or other infrastructure at this time. An additional surveillance flight will take place this afternoon and firefighters will continue to monitor FAA Weather Aviation cameras in Kwethluk, Bethel and Napakiak for any activity.

We will provide additional updates as they become available.

As a reminder, burn permits are required from April 1 through August 31. You can pick up a burn permit online at or pick them up at your local forestry office and at many local fire departments. 

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Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF), BLM Alaska Fire Service, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

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