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Photo of a Fire Boss airplane dropping water in front of the Kuyukutuk River Fire (#224) on June 14, 2019.

BLM AFS continues work on three fires in Western Alaska

Of the 21 active fires burning in BLM Alaska Fire Service protection area that covers most of the northern half of the state, the only three staff are in the Galena Fire Management Zone. As of today, 63 fires have burned 54,590 acres in BLM AFS protection area – most of which were consumed in […]

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Photo of a fuelbreak with hoselay near a Richardson Clearwater property.

Little fire activity visible during Tuesday flight over Oregon Lakes Fire

Personnel flying Oregon Lakes Fire on Tuesday reported minimal fire activity and some smoke coming from unburned interior pockets of vegetation within the fire’s perimeter. The fire burning in the Donnelly Training Area southwest of Delta Junction was placed in monitor status June 10 after the fire area received substantial precipitation. The fire area continues […]

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Photo of the roughly 700-acre Koyukutuk River Fire (#224) burning north of Russian Mission.

More firefighters join efforts on 700-acre fire north of Russian Mission

More firefighters will join the efforts on a tundra fire burning 17 miles north of Russian Mission after it grew to an estimated 700 acres Tuesday night. The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew is mobilizing to help the eight smokejumpers and three aircraft that started working on the Koyukutuk River Fire […]

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Photo of the Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) is burning in tundra about 17 miles north of Russian Mission and Marshal on June 10, 2019. It is estimated to be 15 acres in size.

BLM AFS working on two fires in Western Alaska

BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to a new fire about 17 miles north of Russian Mission today while work continues on the Lake Minakokosa Fire (#221) burning 50 miles east of Kobuk. Two fire Boss aircraft and eight smokejumpers are working on the roughly 15-acre Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) after it was detected using satellite imagery […]

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Graphic showing Fire Boss aircraft dropping water and Alaska smokejumpers during a training jump.

BLM AFS Smokejumpers, water-scoopers keep busy on Western Alaska fires

The BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone responded to several new fires in Western Alaska the past few days. After successfully suppressing one fire near Unalakleet on Sunday, smokejumpers and water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft worked on two fires Monday – the Darby Mountains Fire (#216) about 15 miles northwest of Koyuk and the Lake Minakokosa […]

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Smokejumpers, aircraft contain 160-acre fire near Unalakleet

With help from water-dropping aircraft, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers were able to contain a 160-acre fire burning about six miles east of Unalakleet late Sunday night. The South River Hills Fire (#207) was reported by the Unalakleet Fire Chief at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Smokejumpers that were prepositioned in Galena to respond to […]

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Firefighters working on fires near Minto, Hughes; looking for new starts from recent lightning

Eight smokejumpers, aided by two water-scooping aircraft, were able to knock down a 2-acre fire burning near Ptarmigan Hill about 7-1/2 miles northeast of Minto Saturday night. The Tractor Trail Fire (#195) is burning about 3 miles northeast of the nearest Native allotment and north of the Minto Flats. The fire was spotted by someone […]

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Photo of three firefighters walking a protection line constructed in the Richardson Clearwater community north of the Oregon Lakes Fire on June 3, 2019.

Final daily update for Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 34,499 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Stars Type 2) Cause: human, under investigation Management of the Oregon Lakes Fire will be transferred to the BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Fire Management Zone on Monday. With the final property protection […]

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Crews focus on completing protection lines in Richardson Clearwater

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Star Type 2 Crew) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  The remaining fire crews will focus efforts for the next few days on completing lines in the Richardson Clearwater community. […]

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Crews complete protection work in the South Bank community

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Star Type 2 Crew) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  Crews completed property protection lines around private homes in the South Bank community yesterday and will focus efforts today on […]

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