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Firefighters petting Karelian bear dogs

Certified Wildlife K-9 Karelian bear dogs used for first time on an Alaskan wildland fire

The presence of bears near a wildland fire in Alaska is nothing new to the firefighting community, but the use of professionally trained Karelian bear dogs was a first, nationwide, on the Isom Creek Fire (#187), located south of the Yukon River and along the Dalton Highway, during June, 2020. Safety personnel piloted the use […]

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This slide from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Weather Briefing on June 21, 2020

With little rain in sight, work continues on Yukon Flats fires

Firefighters continue to make progress and get close to containment of three staffed fires in the Yukon Flats. This will be the last update on these fires unless conditions significantly change.

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Heavy fog in Yukon River valley on June 20, 2020

Solstice fog on Isom Creek Fire

Update 2:00PM Original Post 11:00am: Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,180 acresContainment: 69%Total Personnel: 249 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Incident command for the Isom Creek Fire #187 will transfer to a local Type 3 organization early on Monday, June 22. The incoming and outgoing teams are working together to […]

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Map of Porcupine, Ninemile Lake and Flooded Lake fires

No new fires started, rain helps firefighters in northeastern Interior Alaska

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Rain helped cool all four staffed fires in northeastern Interior (including the Isom Creek Fire (#187) burning near the Dalton Highway Yukon River Crossing) helping firefighters make progress toward containment. No new fires were sparked yesterday in the state. Although cooler temperatures and above normal relative humidity are forecast for the next […]

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Rain and toil put containment on Any Creek Fire north of Fairbanks at 70%

After a day of soaking rain and gritty work by firefighters, the 44-acre Any Creek Fire (#236) north of Fairbanks near Old Murphy Dome Road is now 70% contained. With more wet weather in the forecast, fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are confident the fire located about 7 miles west of the […]

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Isom Creek Fire Map for June 20, 2020

Isom Creek Fire begins transition to Type 3 team

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,179 acresContainment: 67%Total Personnel: 282  (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Wet conditions persist, limiting activity on the Isom Creek Fire #187. Hotshots and hand crews are ready to conduct burnout operations but favorable burning conditions are not likely in the next several days. Six crews […]

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Rain, hard work help boost containment to 35% on Any Creek Fire north of Fairbanks

With assistance from Mother Nature and a lot of hard work by firefighters, containment on the Any Creek Fire (#236) was bumped up to 35% as of Friday morning and that number should continue to climb in the next few days. The fire area about 10 miles north of Fairbanks and 7 miles west of […]

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Photo of Flooded Lake Fire June 19, 2020

Smokejumpers, Water Scoopers Subdue Fire Near Venetie

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Smokejumpers, aided by water-scooping aircraft, were able to get around a new lightning-caused fire burning 25 miles northeast of Venetie today. The Flooded Lake Fire (#288) was one of two new-lightning caused fires Thursday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Zone that covers the northeastern portion of Alaska. Twenty smokejumpers […]

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Rain slows activity on Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,179 acresContainment: 67%Total Personnel: 332 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) is expected to be less active today as cool, rainy weather moves into the area. Crews are ready to conduct burnout operations, but they will have to wait for dry […]

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Sixth lightning-caused wildfire discovered in Little Chena Valley east of Fairbanks

Firefighters find new fire north of Chena Hot Springs Road after demobilizing from five others

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