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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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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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Lightning Ignites One New Fire in Northeastern Interior

(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Fire behavior was relatively calm in northeastern Alaska but gusty winds overnight stirred some fire behavior. Lightning ignited one new fire burning on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Three fires are staffed in northeastern Interior Alaska, but most fires in the region not threatening people or property are being monitored. Temperatures remain […]

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Photo of Ninemile Lake fire

Weather Helps Firefighters on Yukon Flats Fires

(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Weather has cooperated with firefighters in northeastern Alaska, allowing firefighters to make significant progress on fires. Scattered showers, higher relative humidity and light winds reduced fire activity, but conditions remain extremely dry in the Yukon Flats. For the first time in days, no new fires were reported on Tuesday. A crew on one […]

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Firefighters mopping up 5-acre wildfire started by fire that burned down Aniak River Lodge

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath station and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to a structure fire that burned down a lodge and multiple cabins on the Aniak River Tuesday night and then spread into the surrounding wildlands. The owner of the Aniak River Lodge reported the fire at 6 p.m. using an […]

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Map of Pastoliak (#280), Pastolik (#279), and Sisters (#281) Fires.

Smokejumpers, Aircraft Working to Contain New Fires Near St. Michael, Kotlik

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Smokejumpers, aided by aircraft, are working to contain three new lightning-caused fires near St. Michael and Kotlik. These fires were located by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel using satellite imagery and reconnaissance flights Tuesday. The weather is forecast to bring slightly cooler temperatures with precipitation and light winds, giving an advantage to […]

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Photo of the Porcupine Fire.

Porcupine Fire Grows as Yukon Flats sees more lightning-caused starts

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – Hot and dry weather lingers in the Yukon Flats, keeping it primed for new lightning-induced fires and high fire activity. Lightning sparked 16 new wildfires in the state, six of them in northeastern Alaska. Despite the lightning and gusty winds Sunday evening, localized showers and high relative humidity over most of northcentral […]

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Map of Alaska showing fire and lightning strikes for June 4, 2020.

Lightning continues to ignite fires in Western Alaska

Lightning continues to sweep across Alaska and is blamed for leaving at least 57 new fires in its wake since Saturday. Most these new fires are in Western Alaska including the 15 new fires Wednesday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone that covers the northwestern section of the state. Most of the new […]

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Lightning ignites at least 15 fires across Alaska this weekend

Firefighters and aircraft were are busy Sunday working on two lightning-caused fires burning within 25 miles of Unlakleet with more firefighters slated to joint the effort after lightning became a big factor in new fire starts in Alaska this weekend. Lightning is suspected of causing more than 15 new fires in Alaska this weekend.  There […]

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Photo of fire on landscape.

AFS Smokejumpers conduct first fire jump of year near Fort Yukon

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers mobilized Tuesday afternoon for the first time this year for a small fire burning about 13 miles west of Fort Yukon. The eight smokejumpers were able to stop the 1-acre Mink Fire’s movement within a couple of hours and are now in the process of mopping up the fire by […]

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