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Tanana Zone fires see little growth; crews make progress on lines

Crews working across the Tanana Zone are making steady progress to secure fire lines. Allotment and structure protection remains a primary objective for fire managers and crews on the ground.  Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 45 acres, 36 personnel, started on July 18 Crews have  put in saw line and hose lays around the entire […]

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Burn area in the Boney Creek Fire.

Steady progress continues for firefighters assigned to the Tanana Zone

There are currently 32 active fires in the Tanana Zone. A Distributed Real-Time Infrared (DRTI) flight confirmed a new spot fire based on previous smoke reports. The Warm Springs Fire is located south of the Boney Creek Fire and currently is not threatening any structures and is more than 20 miles from the closest allotment.  […]

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Sunset over forest and burning Boney Fire.

Fire crews make progress in the Tanana Zone

Fire behavior in the Tanana Zone was tempered by overcast conditions Friday and Saturday, allowing fire crews to make progress on protection activities. As a high pressure system moves toward central Interior, winds are expected to increase. Southwest winds 10-20 mph are expected during the day. Wind gusts up to 25 mph may fan flames […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/20 – 7/21: Weather moderating in many areas, diminished levels of smoke anticipated

Temperature is moderating in many areas of Alaska including the Upper Yukon Zone. Wind gusts up to 30 mph in the Upper Yukon Zone is expected for today and will have an impact to fire activity. Smoke is forecasted to be in the unhealthy range once again, and residents are advised to take any steps […]

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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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A map of active fires across Alaska on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Fire activity decreases due to mild temperatures in the Tanana Zone

Fire behavior in the Tanana Zone was tempered by cloud layers on Friday. As a weather front approaches the central Interior, winds are expected to increase during the afternoon hours. Southwest winds 10-20 mph are expected during the day. Wind gusts up to 25 mph may fan flames on the east side of the Tanana […]

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Columns of smoke rise Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from where a helicopter has dropped plastic spheres that ignite to catch a broad area black spruce on fire. The tactical firing operation is removing the fuels ahead of the Frozen Calf Fire (#367) to the northeast of Chalkyitsik. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Smoke Outlook for 7/19 – 7/20: Fire weather generally moderate; Upper Yukon still extreme

Cooler weather and rainfall have decreased fire activity in some Alaskan communities, while dry and warmer temperatures continue to promote fire activity elsewhere across the state. There are currently 215 fires burning across Alaska, producing varying amounts of smoke that has the potential to travel large distances in some cases. Residents who have known health […]

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Four new fires in Tanana Zone

Four new lightning-caused fires were reported in the Tanana Zone on Thursday with the largest estimated at 225 acres. Two of the new fires are staffed with crews this morning, and overall five of the 26 actively burning fires have crews assigned.  Isolated thunderstorms are expected along the eastern edge of the Tanana Zone today […]

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Photo of Members of the North Star Type 2 hand crew pick up brush piles in the village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska, on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Firefighters have completed their structure protection setup in the community of 57 residents. The Frozen Calf Fire (#367) and the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) continue to grow toward the village. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Upper Yukon Zone remains warm and dry

Hot and dry conditions remain over most areas of the Upper Yukon Zone. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 80s over the next several days. Winds will generally be out of the west at 5-10 mph. Some isolated thunderstorms are still possible, but if they materialize, they will be accompanied by moisture. Gusty winds […]

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Wildfire smoke as seen from Mile 2 Chena Hot Springs Road on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Know the health risks of wildfire smoke and take precautions during air advisories

Smoke produced by several active wildfires has resulted in air quality advisories for many regions of the state in recent weeks, including Southeast, Southwest, Southcentral, Central and the Eastern Interior of Alaska. Alaskans should check for air quality advisories on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Air Quality Advisories/Episodes web page (or sign up […]

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