Firefighters make progress on multiple fires in the Upper Yukon Zone

A new record was set today for the number of consecutive days of red flag warnings for lightning. With 3,323 new strikes reported, and 53 active fires across the Upper Yukon Zone, firefighters are making progress on the 5 staffed fires and are pivoting to new priorities.

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

Biederman Fire (#458) – Fire activity remains low with dense fog and smoke laying over the fire last night. The 10 firefighters assigned to the incident will continue moping up for the next 3 days to insure that the fire is secure. Some natural sections of fire resistant hardwoods will help to maintain containment within the existing footprint.

Bearman Fire (#444) – Firefighters are close to completing work around the structures and allotments. This work will continue for another 2 days as opportunities to move firefighters directly to the fires edge and attack the fire directly are evaluated. An incident management organization is in place in Fort Yukon to coordinate resources and oversee the incident.

Map of staffed Upper Yukon Zone Fires on July 11, 2021

Cottonwood (#530) – This fire has been contained and the smokejumpers are working to move equipment and return for a new assignment later this afternoon.

Schilling Creek Fire (#294)/ North Fork (#340) – Work is continuing to cut and place hose lines around allotments. Both crews from the East and West ends will joining together tomorrow. Work is anticipated to be completed in 4-5 days.

Goose Fire (#395)/ Belle(#398) – Good progress was made yesterday to protect an allotment on the North end of the fire. Firefighters are completing their work along the eastern edge of the fire and will be joining other resources on the North end later today. Work is anticipated to continue through Wednesday before firefighters can be reassigned to other fires.

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