Tag Archives: Alaska Fire Service

Troops on the move in Tanana Zone

As new fires continue to break during the Tanana Zone’s very active fire season, smokejumpers and crews are being pulled from earlier fires and reassigned to the new blazes. On Tuesday a load of eight jumpers working on the South Base Fire (#555), which had been discovered by a helicopter working another fire, provided four […]

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The Garnet Creek Fire (#576) as seen from the air on Monday, July 15, 2019, was burning about 12 miles southwest of Rampart, Alaska. The fire was started by lightning.

More fires up North

The fire season seems to be moving north. Of the 26 new fires reported over the past two days, ten were above the Arctic Circle, two of which were in the Tanana Zone. Isolated thunderstorms are expected in the central and eastern interior today, with high temperatures reaching the low 80s in the Yukon Flats […]

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New fire burning in Tanana Zone as skies begin to clear

Skies were clearer Sunday over the Tanana Zone as scattered showers tapered off and the sun came out. Showers and mainly wet thunderstorms are forecast today for the zone, but precipitation is expected to be spotty. These storms could linger over the next few days ahead of a change in the weather that is predicted […]

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Tanana Zone Fire Update for 7-8-19

The high pressure ridge over central Alaska continues to produce hot and dry conditions. Within the Tanana Zone, fires burned an additional 1,675 acres on Sunday, but there were no new fires reported. The number of fires this year remains at 22, and the year-to-date burned area within the Tanana Zone is 55,899 acres. Here […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 7-8-19

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha is now 45 percent contained. The fire is holding at 69 acres. Firefighters are expecting a repeat of yesterday’s weather with high temperatures in the low 80s and relative humidity below 30 percent. Since the organic layers of black spruce and hardwoods can smolder throughout the winter, […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: Type 3 Incident Management Organization Heading to Chalkyitsik

With notable fire growth in the area and high temperatures expected to continue, a Type 3 Incident Management Organization will operate out of Chalkyitsik over the next few days to evaluate fire protection needs for the community. They will monitor the three closest fires, Bearnose Hill Fire (#407), Tractor Trail 2 (#348), and Frozen Calf (#367), and […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 7-5-19

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) spent Independence Day strengthening fire containment lines. Total acreage burned has held steady at 69 acres for several days, but containment has now increased to 15%. A ridge of high pressure is building over the area which will cause the temperature to increase and the relative humidity to […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 6-30-19

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire near Salcha got some help today from cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and – late in the day – rain.  The fire is still holding at 52 acres.  There was no movement of the fire; however there was active smoldering and torching of black spruce in pockets of unburned vegetation […]

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Rolland Linus of Allakaket taps up a set of dolmars gas can for chainsaws while he and a squad of BLM AFS emergency firefighters mobilize for a Black River Fire (#262) burning in the Upper Yukon Zone on June 28, 2019. Nicholas Cleveland of Hughes, in back, also helps organize the squad's gear.

Upper Yukon Fire Zone: Fire Danger Remains High, Air Quality Advisories in Effect

Weather conditions in Upper Yukon remain extremely warm, increasing the chances for more active fire behavior. Some rain is expected on Sunday due to a front moving east across the Interior.  There are 28 fires burning within the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern Interior. Here is a breakdown of the lightning-caused […]

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Better mapping puts Ninetyeight Creek Fire at 52 acres

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha is now estimated at 52 acres due to better mapping. Firefighters were finally able to walk the perimeter of the fire with a handheld GPS unit today, resulting in a decrease in size from the previous estimate of 116 acres. Despite continued warm temperatures and dry conditions, crews were […]

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