Tag Archives: Chena Hotshots
Firefighters working in woods.

Ahead of the fire

BLM AFS makes Interior villages more resilient to wildfires This year’s unusually slow fire season enabled the BLM Alaska Fire Service to start working on protecting the Interior Alaska community of Alatna from future wildfires. The BLM AFS Chena Hotshot Crew and two fire specialists constructed fire breaks on village corporation lands around Alatna this […]

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Photo of the Porcupine Fire.

Porcupine Fire Grows as Yukon Flats sees more lightning-caused starts

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – Hot and dry weather lingers in the Yukon Flats, keeping it primed for new lightning-induced fires and high fire activity. Lightning sparked 16 new wildfires in the state, six of them in northeastern Alaska. Despite the lightning and gusty winds Sunday evening, localized showers and high relative humidity over most of northcentral […]

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Map showing Red Flag warning in Interior Alaska

Extreme weather conditions expected to spark new fires in Northern Interior Alaska

Lightning sparked new fires in the Northern Interior Alaska with more expected in the upcoming days due to an abundance of dry and warm weather. The U.S. National Weather Service Fairbanks Alaska has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of the Upper Yukon Zone from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday for abundant lightning in dry […]

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Map of three staffed fires.

Hotshots mopping up Alfred Fire east of Stevens Village

Utilizing an aggressive water air assault, two hotshot crews and eight smokejumpers were able to stop the growth of a fire burning east of Stevens Village at 83 acres Thursday. However, due to the fire spotting outside the main perimeter, the firefighters will need to seek out and make sure these spot fires are extinguished before calling the Alfred Fire (#215) contained.

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Map of Alfred Fire

Firefighters, aircraft working on fire 10 miles east of Stevens Village

Firefighters, aided by water bombing aircraft, are aggressively fighting an 83-acre fire burning about 10 miles east of Stevens Village. Eight smokejumpers, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshots and a variety of helicopter and airplanes are working to keep the lightning-caused Alfred Fire (#215) from a Native allotment within three miles. The fire is […]

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Photo of Isom Creek Fire

Isom Creek Fire grows significantly, crosses Dalton Highway

June 7, 2020 – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) grew exponentially Saturday evening and crossed the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River crossing. Despite two days of an aggressive air attack on the fire in the form of water-scoopers, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water buckets, the fire became very active in the […]

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Crews continue containment of Yukon Flats fires

Crews continue to secure the edges of two fires burning in the Yukon Flats and inch closer to containment each day. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 30 percent contained. A little rain is making its way into the area, however, it […]

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The Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is 25 percent contained and Applevunk Fire (#305) is 80 percent contained.

Firefighters’ work advances despite continued dry conditions in Yukon Flats

Despite the drier than expected conditions in the Yukon Flats, firefighters are steadily advancing toward the goal of having both fires burning since July 2 contained. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 25 percent contained. After humidity levels were lower than expected […]

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Map showing the Applevunk Fire, Tiechovunk Lake Fire and Kevinjik Fire in relation to Chalkyitsik on July 5, 2018.

Firefighters make progress on Yukon Flats fires, demobilize from Zitziana River Fire

Despite extreme winds gusting up to 40 mph on Wednesday, firefighters are making progress towards containing two lightning-caused fires burning in the Yukon Flats. For the third day in a row, firefighters battled hot and windy conditions while trying to suppress the 2,709-acre Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) and the 140-acre Applevun Fire (#305). Neither fire […]

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The Applevun Fire (#305) is burning through grass and black spruce on Native corporation land in a modified management option area about 10 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik. Photo by Branden Petersen, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on two new fires in Yukon Flats

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on two wind-driven fires that broke out in the Yukon Flats on Monday. Four water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and 16 smokejumpers were on the ground trying to suppress the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) that threatened four Native land allotments and a cabin about 44 miles east of Fort […]

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