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Upper Yukon Flats Busy Fire Season Moderates – FINAL FIRE UPDATE August 13, 2019

In mid-July storms passed through the Yukon Flats with thousands of lightning strikes. Drought conditions left the trees and duff layer very dry allowing fires to grow and difficult to contain. The rest of Alaska was also experiencing an extreme fire season and resources were limited. The BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) requested the assistance […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: securing the half million-acre fire complex above the Arctic Circle

Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, Tettjajik Creek #424, Small Timber Lake Fire – #687 Firefighters continue Thursday mopping up the Chalkyitsik Complex, a 500,686 acre fire complex above the Arctic Circle. 416 firefighters and fire managers are assigned to the fire under Incident Commander Norm […]

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Members of the BLM's 2019 Women's Fire Crew pose for a photo at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, on July 17, 2019, before heading to the Hadweenzic River Fire. The members of the 2019 crew are: Shelby Descamps, Leah Katz, Patty Derner, Hannah Zamorski, Tess Jarden, Lauren Formiller, Toni Hardy and Alex Perez. CREDIT: BLM Alaska Fire Service

Temps moderate today, 30 mph wind gusts expected

Temperatures are expected to moderate slightly today into the 70s in the Upper Yukon Zone, although wind gusts related to pressure changes are expected to cause wind gusts in the 20-30 mph range. Strong winds from the southwest can drive fire behavior and could disrupt plans for burnout operations. Fuels remain highly flammable and are […]

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Mile long fuel break completed next to the Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/19/19

Crews working on the #HessCreekFire finished installing a 1-mile long fuel break parallel to the Elliott Highway Thursday. The finished product resulted in a 30-foot-wide removal of black spruce and shrub, which will reduce the amount of burnable vegetation along the highway. This fuelbreak, along with the one constructed up the Cleary Creek drainage, will […]

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Firefighters enhance fuel break along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/18/19

Aerial footage of the two hot spots across the Elliott Highway A type 3 team from Wyoming will begin arriving in Fairbanks over the next few days to replace the Southern Idaho team, which finishes their 14-day assignment on Saturday. The Wyoming team will attend an orientation with the Alaska Fire Service today and begin […]

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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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Precipitation reduces fire activity on the Hess Creek Fire – Update for 7/15/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity. While higher humidity and lower temperatures reduce fire activity, the fuel type this fire is burning in is highly susceptible to taking off should conditions change. On Sunday, scattered afternoon and evening showers were observed near the fire, however, it’s […]

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More accurate mapping reduces size of Sockeye Fire

Houston, Alaska – Hundreds of firefighters are helping to hold the line on the Sockeye Fire, burning north of Willow. With more accurate mapping the fire is now estimated at 7,066 acres – a reduction of 489 acres, primarily in the Willow Creek drainage. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today over the fire […]

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