Tag Archives: BLM Alaska Fire Service
10 members of the camp crew in Chalkyitsik.

Chalkyitsik Complex: Winds and falling tree hazard

Gusty winds up to 25 mph from the west will start the day Sunday and taper off midday. No rainfall is expected over the complex area Sunday and Monday. Falling trees with unstable root beds within the burned areas are a significant risk to firefighter safety and crews are conducting operational pauses when winds pick […]

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Swan Lake Incident Commander Brian Pisarek says Thank You

The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer command of the Swan Lake Fire to the a smaller, local IMT on Wednesday, July 31. This type 3 team will monitor the fire and finish the remaining work, which includes chipping and fireline repair. Incident Commander Brian Pisarek took a moment to thank […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: active fire behavior continues

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) Start Date: 07/09/2019 Location: Chalkyitsik Area Cause: Lightning Fire Size: 482,953 acres Total Personnel: 333 The Alaska Type 2 Green Team with Incident Commander Norm McDonald assumed command of the fire at […]

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An overview map of the fires in the Cornucopia Complex for July 25, 2019.

Cornucopia Complex Fire Update for July 25

Wind and smoke were the driving forces behind the Cornucopia Complex, north of Beaver, Alaska, on Wednesday. Wind is determining whether burnout operations in three areas will happen. Smoke is impacting the movement of firefighters and supplies, on and off the line.   East winds 5 to 15 mph, temperatures in the 80’s and humidity at […]

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Cornucopia Complex Fire Update

All of the fires in the Cornucopia Complex were active yesterday but no significant movement was seen. Nearly all air operations were shut down because smoke made flying unsafe. Acreage on the fires listed below has not changed as the fires could not be flown and remapped due to smoke. Weather on the Cornucopia Complex […]

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Firefighters from the Yukon Flats Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crew work inside a saw line that is designed to help protect allotments from the Chandalar River Fire. Hoses have been laid inside the saw line as well. PHOTO: Beth Ipsen/BLM Alaska Fire Service

Upper Yukon: Weather may allow burnout operations

Weather conditions today or tomorrow could finally allow firefighters to conduct planned burnout operations on three fires in the Upper Yukon Zone’s Cornucopia Complex: the Hadweenzic Fire (#337), the Tony Slough Fire (#493) and the Chandalar River Fire (#349). Firefighters have prepared for these burnout operations for more than a week, cutting line and laying […]

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Dense smoke settled in Chalkyitsik on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019. A high pressure ridge over northeast Alaska has brought warmer temperatures along with light and variable winds. Smoke will persist through the week. A chance of rain Friday may clear some of the smoke away. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex sees active fire behavior

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 –#348, Frozen Calf Fire –#367, Bearnose Hill Fire –#407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 473,451 acres combined – 281 personnel assigned to the complex Portions of all four fires in the Chalkyitsik Complex were active yesterday. The Bearnose Hill Fire is continuing to run to the northeast, spreading another 2 miles north of […]

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Jump-12, an Alaska Smokejumper Casa, makes it final approach to Chalkytsik, Alaska, as a plume rises from burnout operations on the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2019. The aircraft was delivering personnel to the Chalkyitsik Complex. Ed Sanford/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex fires active; warmer weather ahead

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 422,023 acres – 276 personnel are assigned to the complex Fire behavior was active on all four fires of the Chalkyitsik Complex but did not reach the extremes that were seen […]

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AICC website back online

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) website is back online. You can once again access the Situation Report, fire map, smoke outlook and other fire information at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/aicc.php.

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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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