Fire Management Officer Dustin Widmer visits Fort Yukon as firefighters regroup for late season fires.

The first wave of a multi-day southwest flow of moisture reached the Yukon Flats yesterday afternoon bringing the forecasted cooler temperatures and moisture. This is anticipated to continue for the next several days. With a decrease in fire activity, and great work by firefighters on the ground, resources are being moved and reassigned to other incidents. Upper Yukon Zone Fire Management Officer, Dustin Widmer traveled to Fort Yukon yesterday to visit the firefighters and staff at the fort and to do an interview with Hans James on KZPA Radio 900AM. The Gwandak radio station reaches a vast area across the Yukon Flats from Arctic Village South to Circle, and as far down the Yukon River as Beaver. Widmer felt it was important to let the Venetie population and all Alaskans know that the Alaska Fire Service is engaged and working to protect people, their property, and the land.

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

Schilling Creek Fire (#294)/ North Fork (#340) – Containment objectives have been met and the remaining 12 firefighters are being transported back to Fairbanks today for assignment to other fires.

Upper Yukon Zone Fires as of July 16, 2022

Hadweenzic Fire (#569) – Due to some light precipitation, minimal fire activity was observed overnight. Firefighters continue to search for heat trapped in the duff layers around the base of trees and stumps. Since there is not a water source at the fire, a helicopter continued to fly buckets of water to the fire. This was a big help to the firefighters and improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the mop-up work.

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