Smokejumpers mobilize to protect Native allotment from wildfire burning in Interior Alaska

  • Photo of smoke billowing up from a green forest with an airplane propeller.
  • Aerial photo showing a large smoke column coming up from a forest and river dotted landscape.
  • A wall of smoke coming up from a forest fire.

Smokejumpers are mobilizing to protect a Native allotment from the Hog Butte Fire (#185) burning about 200 miles north of Anchorage. 

The lightning-caused fire ignited on Sunday and is burning in a limited management option area that as long as it doesn’t threaten any sites of value, is managed for the benefit of the natural ecological process. Once out there, smokejumpers will set up measures to defend the allotment. 

This fire is estimated at 3,500 acres and burning within 5 miles of the allotment along the North Fork Kuskokwim River about 39 miles southwest of Lake Minchumina. Smoke may be visible from Lake Minchumina or Telida 10 miles to the south.

It’s also burning about 10 miles north of the Rungun Creek Fire (#186) – another lightning-caused fire that ignited on Sunday. This fire generated response from the Alaska Division of Forestry – specifically a helitack module of firefighters, water-scoopers, helicopters dropping water and eight smokejumpers – to put this fire out.  

The Hog Butte Fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra. Warm, dry and windy weather have kept the fire very active.  

Contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510 or for more information. 

Map showing rivers and woods dotted with purple squares representing Native allotments near where two fires are burning.
Map showing the location of the Hog Butte Fire (#185) and the Rungun Creek Fire (#186) on June 6, 2022. These two lightning-caused fires are burning about 10 miles apart about 200 miles northwest of Anchorage. Smokejumpers are working mobilized to both fires to protect Native allotments from these fires.

Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, BLM Alaska Fire Service

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