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Cornucopia Complex formed to manage 10 fires in Upper Yukon Zone

The Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) has assumed management of ten active fires in the Upper Yukon Zone. The Hadweenzic River Fire (#337), Tony Slough Fire (#493), Chandalar River Fire (#349) and East Fork Chandalar Fire (#572) are staffed and will be managed by the NIMO team.  Sixty-One Mountain 1 Fire (#622), Trail Creek […]

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Jump-12, an Alaska Smokejumper Casa, makes it final approach to Chalkytsik, Alaska, as a plume rises from burnout operations on the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2019. The aircraft was delivering personnel to the Chalkyitsik Complex. Ed Sanford/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex fires active; warmer weather ahead

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 422,023 acres – 276 personnel are assigned to the complex Fire behavior was active on all four fires of the Chalkyitsik Complex but did not reach the extremes that were seen […]

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AICC website back online

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) website is back online. You can once again access the Situation Report, fire map, smoke outlook and other fire information at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/aicc.php.

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Continued patrolling and watching weather changes – Hess Creek Fire 7/22/19

Current Situation: Yesterday the Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the #HessCreekFire. Firefighters continued patrolling the fire, mostly on the southern end near the Elliott Highway. Structures in this area have had vegetation removed and systems of pumps, hoses, sprinklers, and portable water tanks installed near some of them. Firefighters checked these […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Information Update – July 21

There are 143 firefighters staffing four fires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Crews remain in place to defend the Donlin Mine, the Nixon Mine, the community of Red Devil, and cabins along the Kuskokwim River. One new fire was reported smoldering in a limited protection area on Friday. Forty-one firefighters are being demobilized in the coming […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/22 – 7/23: cooler temperatures and higher humidity countered by strong winds

Gusting winds resulted in active fire behavior in the Upper Yukon Zone, but cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to make progress on other fires which produced less smoke. North (Fairbanks and surrounding cities, Denali National Park) Fire Fire activity in the East Central Interior could increase with higher temperatures and drier conditions. Other parts of the […]

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Painting the Picture of Success

by Todd Eskelin The smoke hung low in the valley as we walked down a dozer line to its end where a clearing had been created. Just weeks before, a dozer crew had attempted to get ahead of an area of the Swan Lake Fire working its way south along Mystery Creek Road. This clearing […]

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Strong winds drive fire activity on the Chalkyitsik Complex

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 414,899 acres – 235 personnel are assigned to the complex A passing weather system brought much cooler temperatures and strong, gusty southwest winds to the Upper Yukon Flats but little, if […]

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Upper Yukon Zone near red flag warning, high wind gusts predicted again

Temperatures moderated in the Upper Yukon Zone yesterday. Although cloud cover allowed an increase in relative humidity to 30-40 percent, 30 mph wind gusts erased much of the RH benefit. Temperatures today will begin a trend towards the warmer range once again. There is potential today for large fire growth as the Fine Fuels Moisture […]

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Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 takes command – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/21/19

Current Situation: The Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 took command of the #HessCreekFire at 7:00 a.m. this morning. Yesterday they shadowed the previous team to gain critical information about resources at risk, fire operation tactics, and local knowledge. Team 2’s goal is to transition the fire back to local land managers as the […]

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