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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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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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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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Chalkyitsik Complex Fire Update

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 –#348, Frozen Calf Fire –#367, Bearnose Hill Fire –#407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 482,192 acres– 281personnel are assigned to the complex Dense smoke settled over the Upper Yukon Flats Tuesday as light and variable winds did little to clear the air. A Dense Smoke Advisory issued by the National Weather Service is […]

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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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Strong winds drive fire activity on the Chalkyitsik Complex

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 414,899 acres – 235 personnel are assigned to the complex A passing weather system brought much cooler temperatures and strong, gusty southwest winds to the Upper Yukon Flats but little, if […]

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Upper Yukon Zone near red flag warning, high wind gusts predicted again

Temperatures moderated in the Upper Yukon Zone yesterday. Although cloud cover allowed an increase in relative humidity to 30-40 percent, 30 mph wind gusts erased much of the RH benefit. Temperatures today will begin a trend towards the warmer range once again. There is potential today for large fire growth as the Fine Fuels Moisture […]

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Smoke rolls off the flats east of Chalkyitsik as firefighters burnout around a cabin site Friday evening, July 20, 2019. Assisted by a drone dropping ping-pong like plastic balls that ignite, crews were preparing for a future firing operation that will remove a large stand of black spruce ahead of the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407). Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex: Lower temps, higher winds predicted for weekend

Chalkyitsik Complex #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 357,175 acres – 235 personnel are assigned to the complex Temperatures cooled slightly across the Upper Yukon Flats and will continue to do so through the weekend, with hot and dry weather […]

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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

Upper Yukon Zone: High potential for fire growth today

Fire continues to exhibit extreme behavior in parts of the Upper Yukon Zone, which continues to be one of the warmest areas in the state, with relative humidity between 20-30 percent. Continued warm temperatures have dried fuels considerably. Indices that measure fuels and how receptive they are to fire remain in the high to very […]

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