Fish Fire along Dalton Hwy forces evacuation of Arctic Circle campground

A new wildfire burning on the west side of the Dalton Highway near mile marker 116 has forced the evacuation of Arctic Circle campground.

The Fish Fire (#319) is currently being fought by 12 smokejumpers with support from two Fire Boss single-engine air tankers and an air attack plane. A helicopter is also responding to support firefighters on the ground.

The lightning-sparked fire has burned an estimated 500 acres and is active on about 80% of the perimeter. It is burning in black spruce with isolated torching.

The Fish Fire (#319) burning west of the Dalton Highway is seen from the air on June 20, 2022. The Arctic Circle Wayside can be seen on the right side of the photo. CREDIT: Ezra Butterfield, BLM Alaska Smokejumper

Due to the ongoing campground evacuation, fire activity, and smoke across the roadway, please avoid the area for your safety and the safety of firefighters.

If you must drive through the area, turn on your headlights, slow down, and watch for firefighters working near the road. Don’t drive into smoke you cannot see through.

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