Tag Archives: Alaska Smokejumpers
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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Photo of the Red Mountain Fire burning north of the Koyukuk River.

Chena Hotshots responding to mop up fire 23 miles north of Hughes

People in Allakaket will see an uptick in firefighting personnel and aircraft today when the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Interagency Hotshot Crew shuttles to the Red Mountain Fire (#166) located 39 miles to the southwest. The Chena Hotshots will take over mopping-up the lightning-caused fire, freeing eight smokejumpers for initial attack response if needed. […]

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Wet, smoky conditions persist over the Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 124 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  Wetting rains moderated fire activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire Friday, but caused damp, smoky conditions for the greater surrounding area. This change in weather […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire grew Thursday before anticipated weather change

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 124 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – While conditions are expected to bring temporary reprieve with cooler, wetter weather moving into the area, Thursday’s breezy warm temperatures resulted in fire growth primarily […]

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Photo of members of the Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Fairbanks #1 hand crew that was assigned to the Oregon Lakes Fire May 17-22 to put in place protection measures on the military observation sites north of the Oklahoma Range.

Oregon Lakes Fire transitions to local Alaskan Incident Management team; FINAL UPDATE from NW Team 11

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Northwest Incident Management Team 11 (NW11) is transitioning command of the Oregon Lakes Fire to a BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 3 management team. The Alaska team will shadow NW11 team today, and […]

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Photo of Division of Forestry's Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack crew loading gear on to a boat.

Oregon Lakes Firefighters complete structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 28,770 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Cooler temperatures, decreased winds and rain showers on Tuesday reduced activity in the Oregon Lakes Fire, which showed minor growth yesterday. Some portions of the fire received .2 inches of rain, but other parts […]

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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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The Applevun Fire (#305) is burning through grass and black spruce on Native corporation land in a modified management option area about 10 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik. Photo by Branden Petersen, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on two new fires in Yukon Flats

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on two wind-driven fires that broke out in the Yukon Flats on Monday. Four water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and 16 smokejumpers were on the ground trying to suppress the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) that threatened four Native land allotments and a cabin about 44 miles east of Fort […]

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