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Dry conditions, lightning keep firefighters busy throughout BLM AFS areas

Fire season has reared its head in Alaska, again. After a lull of activity following a lightning bust in early June, a little bit of lightning coupled with prolonged hot, dry conditions has created an uptick of fires in Alaska. This has kept BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers busy as they respond to fires to […]

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Smokejumpers deploy to protect cabins as hot, dry conditions breathe new life into fires south of Manley

Eight smokejumpers were deployed to Kindamina Lake on Sunday to protect cabins after the Zitziana River Fire (#133) made its second several-mile run this summer. The fire  grew several miles to flank around the southern end of the Kindamina Lake, prompting a response to help protect cabins on the lake’s edge. When the last firefighters […]

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Work completed on last staffed fire in Alaska

With the perimeter 100 percent contained, the remaining 39 firefighters left on the last staffed fire in Alaska will demobilize from the Tiechovun Fire today. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Type 2 Initial Attack White Mountain Crew and Type 2 UAF Nanook Fire Crew are the last two crews to come off of the Tiechovun Lake […]

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Work ramping down on Yukon Flats fires

Chalyitsik will see an increase in air traffic this weekend as 6-1/2 miles of hose will come off of two Yukon Flats fires starting tomorrow in preparation of demobilizing the Applevun Fire on Sunday and the Tiechovun Lake Fire late next week. The Applevun Fire (#305) was called 100 percent contained yesterday. Eight smokejumpers and […]

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This maps shows areas of Alaska that received rain on Wednesday

Rain falls on Yukon Flats fires

The area around Chalkyitsik received wetting rains Wednesday to help firefighters’ efforts to contain a trio of fires burning in the Yukon Flats. Crews continue to secure the edges and mop-up two fires burning since July 2 and a five-person heliatack crew was able to corral a new fire that popped up Wednesday. An estimated […]

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Five firefighters are working on the Coiled Fire (#337) burning about 17 miles northeast of Fort Yukon. Photo by Tim Hatfield, BLM AFS

Firefighters respond to new fire near Fort Yukon

A BLM Alaska Fire Service five-person helitack crew was dispatched from Fort Yukon Wednesday afternoon to a small brush fire about 17 miles away. The Coiled Fire (#337) is burning northeast of Fort Yukon and west of where the Porcupine and Sheenjek rivers meet. It’s smoldering in a full management option area within the Yukon […]

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Crews continue containment of Yukon Flats fires

Crews continue to secure the edges of two fires burning in the Yukon Flats and inch closer to containment each day. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 30 percent contained. A little rain is making its way into the area, however, it […]

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The Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is 25 percent contained and Applevunk Fire (#305) is 80 percent contained.

Firefighters’ work advances despite continued dry conditions in Yukon Flats

Despite the drier than expected conditions in the Yukon Flats, firefighters are steadily advancing toward the goal of having both fires burning since July 2 contained. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 25 percent contained. After humidity levels were lower than expected […]

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Cooler,damper weather helps firefighters in the Yukon Flats

Fire activity was minimal on Sunday after the two fires burning in the Yukon Flats experienced cooler and damper weather. This weather is forecasted to continue in the upcoming days as firefighters wrap up work on the Applevun Fire (#305) this week and continue securing the line on the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304). An estimated 80 […]

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Cooler weather expected to help firefighters on Yukon Flats fires

Mother Nature is expected to give firefighters a reprieve from hot, dry conditions in the upcoming days as they continue to work on two lightning-caused fires burning in the Yukon Flats since July 2. An estimated 70 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 20 percent […]

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