Upper Yukon Firefighters Make Progress on Active Fires In Spite of Continued Red Flags for Lightning

Firefighters across the Upper Yukon Zone are making significant progress on the active fires in the region. Precipitation has accompanied many of the thunderstorms and helped to temporarily temper fire activity. The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag warning for lightning through Monday 7/11 at midnight.

BLM Alaska Fire Service Wildfire Update Upper Yukon Zone
Wildfire Update- Upper Yukon Zone

Biederman Fire (#458) – Precipitation fell over the fire last night resulting in reduced fire activity. Firefighters are continuing to mop up and improve containment lines. Ten smokejumpers are returning to Fairbanks to respond to other fires are are being replaced on the fire by a 10 person crew.

Bearman Fire (#444) – Fire activity increased on the incident yesterday. Crews have cut the allotment boundary lines and are now installing hoses and pumps. The new structures and cemetery that were found by firefighters have been mapped and crews are working to protect those sites. This work will continue for 2-3 more days. The fire remains just under 200 acres with a recon flight anticipated today to update the current perimeter and acreage. An incident management organization is in place in Fort Yukon to coordinate resources and oversee the incident.

Christian Fire (#528) – 12 Smokejumpers responded to this new start yesterday. The fire is reported at 80 acres. The vegetation is thick and tangled and will be extremely difficult to work through efficiently. Two firefighters are being assigned to a nearby cabin to begin structure protection and remaining resources are being returned to Fort Yukon for assignment to other priority fires.

Current Upper Yukon Zone Fires as of July 10, 2022

Cottonwood (#530) – Four Smokejumpers were flown to this new start on July 9th. The fire is currently reported as active and 1/2 acre in size. The 4 firefighters assigned anticipate that they will be able to contain and extinguish the fire in the next day or two.

Schilling Creek Fire (#294)/ North Fork (#340) – Firefighting efforts have been successful along Flat Creek and firefighters are moving North to another allotment to begin cutting out around structures. Work on the East end of the fire where crews are continuing to remove vegetation around the allotment boundaries. Work is anticipated to be completed today and firefighters moved to the northern allotment.

Goose Fire (#395)/ Belle(#398) – Firefighters received additional equipment and supplies on the fireline yesterday and are moving to a direct attack on parts of the fire. Crews are working directly along the black edge to contain the fire and reduce spread.

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