Changes in Upper Yukon Zone weather provides some relief to firefighters.

All of the staffed fires in the Upper Yukon Zone reported significant progress yesterday and are starting to move firefighters and equipment to new priority fires. The break in the thunderstorms, cooler temperatures and precipitation over the last several days has allowed crews to catch new fires and complete work on incidents they have been working on for weeks. Fire managers vow to remain vigilant as the weather could quickly dry out and increase fire behavior again in the Upper Yukon Flats.

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

Bearman Fire (#444) – Firefighters continue to improve their lines on the allotments and two cabins and transition to other fires. The fire currently has 17 firefighters assigned. The 10 Mendicino Hotshots will be leaving the fire today and moving to fire 569 to assist with that incident. The current incident management organization remains in Fort Yukon to coordinate resources and oversee the incident.

Biederman Fire (#458) – Rain was received over the fire last night. Firefighters continue to work to mop up and search for heat around the fire. Support from a National Park Service boat and operator based in Eagle, AK has been assisting with moving firefighters and equipment on the Yukon River. Work is expected to continue through Friday before crews return to Fairbanks for reassignment.

Fires across the Upper Yukon Zone as of July 14, 2022

Schilling Creek Fire (#294)/ North Fork (#340) – Work is continuing to improve the lines they have constructed and test the pumps and hoselines in place. Tomorrow some firefighters will be moved to other priority fires. Fire Managers anticipate that the remaining work will be complete in 2 days.

Hadweenzic Fire (#569) – The fire remains contained at 1.5 acres. 10 additional Medicino Hotshots will be moved to the fire today to rejoin the rest of their crew. Due to the dry area where the fire is located and lack of water sources, a dry mop-up tactic is anticipated to take several days. A request has been placed for a helicopter to assist speed up with work with water drops.

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