Tag Archives: Foraker Fire (#389)

Troops on the move in Tanana Zone

As new fires continue to break during the Tanana Zone’s very active fire season, smokejumpers and crews are being pulled from earlier fires and reassigned to the new blazes. On Tuesday a load of eight jumpers working on the South Base Fire (#555), which had been discovered by a helicopter working another fire, provided four […]

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The Garnet Creek Fire (#576) as seen from the air on Monday, July 15, 2019, was burning about 12 miles southwest of Rampart, Alaska. The fire was started by lightning.

More fires up North

The fire season seems to be moving north. Of the 26 new fires reported over the past two days, ten were above the Arctic Circle, two of which were in the Tanana Zone. Isolated thunderstorms are expected in the central and eastern interior today, with high temperatures reaching the low 80s in the Yukon Flats […]

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New fire burning in Tanana Zone as skies begin to clear

Skies were clearer Sunday over the Tanana Zone as scattered showers tapered off and the sun came out. Showers and mainly wet thunderstorms are forecast today for the zone, but precipitation is expected to be spotty. These storms could linger over the next few days ahead of a change in the weather that is predicted […]

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Tanana Zone fires hide in their own smoke

Many of the fires burning in the Tanana Zone were hidden in smoke, causing veteran firefighters near the fires to rely on satellite imagery to provide essential information such as the distance the head of the fire had moved, or what part of the fire was most active.  The heavy smoke prevented use of aircraft […]

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Tanana Zone receives large dose of dry lightning

Alaska was hit with more than 10,000 lightning strikes in the last 24 hours, and the Tanana Zone received its share as dry lightning.  Two new fires were reported in the Tanana Zone on Wednesday, with 19 new fires statewide. Additionally, the dry wind from the northeast and downdrafts from thunderstorms have fanned flames from […]

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Map of fires burning in Central Interior.

Increased fire activity continues in Central Interior

High, dry weather is expected to continue in Central Interior, kicking up fire activity and work for firefighters on fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service Tanana Zone. Only four of the 17 fires burning in the Tanana Zone are staffed. Firefighters are working to contain some fires and to put up protection measures around allotments, […]

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