New hold-over fires pop up in Northeast Alaska

Widespread lightning on June 16 resulted in several new fires today in the Upper Yukon Zone of the Alaska Fire Service.  

The Schilling Fire (#294) is burning in a limited protection area 38 miles west of Venetie. The fire was approximately 1 acre when it was discovered. A reconnaissance flight this evening will attempt to locate any structures nearby.

The Birch Creek Fire (#297) is 20 miles southeast of Central in a limited protection area. It is estimated at ½ acre.

The Big Fire (#298) is located 24 miles northeast of Circle. It is approximately 5 acres and is a limited fire.        

The Approximate Fire (#299) is 20 miles north of Circle and is in a modified protection area. The fire is less than an acre in size. Assisted by helicopter water drops, members of the Entiat Hotshot Crew (sent from the Bolgen Creek Fire #259) are working to suppress the new fire. The crew members will return to Fire #259 tonight.       

Map showing Circle, Alaska with several fires around it: numbers 297, 298 and 299
Fires 297, 298 and 299 are in roadless areas outside of Circle.
topographic map showing fire # 294 (Schilling Creek)
The Schilling Creek Fire (#294) is approximately 38 miles west of Venetie on the west side of Schilling Creek.

For more information, please contact Alaska Fire Information at 907-356-5511. .



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