Tag Archives: Chandalar River Fire (#349)
Photo of From left to right, firefighters Lakota Burwell, Troy Coberly, Charlie Pohlman, Sarah Nelson and Brian Pitts cook diner over a fire while on the Zitziana River Fire in June of 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS public affairs specialist

Life in a remote Alaska fire camp

While fire camps in rural Alaska can be similar to remote fires in the Lower 48, they have their own special concerns and qualities. Morning operational briefings are broadcasted over hand-held radios. Every one gathers underneath at big yellow tarp for breakfast in the morning and dinner before bedtime. The coffee pot hangs from a […]

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Map showing the Native allotment where the Chandalar River Fire spotted within a Native allotment Friday.

Smokejumpers respond to contain spot fire from Chandalar River Fire near Venetie

Sept. 6, 2019 Four smokejumpers quickly responded Friday afternoon to contain a small fire that spotted across a control line protecting a Native allotment from the long-burning Chandalar River Fire west of Venetie. Smokejumpers anticipate containing the 30-by-30 foot fire by the end of shift Friday night. It was reported as smoldering in white spruce […]

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Firefighters remove equipment and garbage on July 27, 2019 from the Hadweenzic River Fire after it no longer needed.

Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines on Conucopia Complex fires

Beaver, Alaska – Firefighters continued the same work on Tuesday as they have for the last few days – holding and improving line already built and watching for opportunities to conduct burnout operations on Conucopia Complex fires. Burnouts remove fuel like timber and brush ahead of the fire to reduce the likelihood it will advance […]

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Members of the Union Hotshots from La Grande, Oregon, make a water crossing while fighting the Chandalar River Fire near Venetie, Alaska. CREDIT: Union Hotshots

Cornucopia Complex Update for July 26

Smoke and increased humidity on the Cornucopia Complex, north of Beaver, Alaska, prevented firefighters from carrying out any of the planned burnouts yesterday. Crews continue to improve lines they have put in place to protect structures and allotments on all staffed fires in the complex. Wind speed and direction, along with fuel moistures are key […]

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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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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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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Has Varied Activity

More than 20,000 lightning strikes across Alaska on Thursday Much of Alaska remains under a Red Flag Warning today that is projected to continue through Friday evening. Some precipitation has been received south of the White Mountains, but not enough to extinguish fires. Fuels in the northern part of the Upper Yukon Zone are extremely […]

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