Tag Archives: Fort Yukon

Smoke outlook for 7/23 – 7/24: unhealthy air in some areas as smoke returns across Alaska

Heavier smoke returns to the Upper Yukon Valley and will primarily be moving south and west today, both from the large complex fires, as well as from the fires closer to Fairbanks and Denali. Some local areas will experience unhealthy conditions, especially in the mornings, including including Rampart, Fort Yukon, and parts of Denali National […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/22 – 7/23: Warmer temperatures return, heavy smoke in Upper Yukon zone

A high pressure system is returning to Alaska, bringing warmer temperatures back to fire areas and an increase in fire activity. Fuels in Alaska especially dry in the Upper Yukon Valley where numerous fires are burning, with heavy smoke being produced that is affecting air quality. Many times, communities will see clear skies in the […]

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Map of Yukon Flats area fires on June 25, 2019.

Firefighters, aircraft continue work on Yukon Flats area fires

Work continues on numerous fires burning in the Yukon Flats. Of the 138 active fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service area that covers the northern half of the state, 34 are within the more than 51-million acre Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern chunk of Alaska along the international border north of […]

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Photo of the Yllota Slough Fire burning about 1-1/2 mile southeast of Fort Yukon on June 11, 2019.

BLM AFS responds to fire near Fort Yukon

Four BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers, aided by a helicopter dropping buckets of water, gained the upper hand of a small fire burning about 1-1/2 miles southeast of Fort Yukon Tuesday afternoon. The Yllota Slough Fire (#225) was discovered at 1:30 p.m. by BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone personnel aboard a fire detection […]

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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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BLM AFS is working on a fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. Photo by Kay Kudo, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on fire 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on a 15-acre fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. On Wednesday, a load of eight smokejumpers, two water-scooping Fire Bosses and an air attack airplane used to coordinate the fire suppression efforts responded to the Chandalar River Fire (#175) burning east of the river it’s named […]

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Alaska’s stubborn wildfire season persists with new fires, smoky conditions

Wildfire season refuses to wave the white flag in Alaska, as two new fires were reported in BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Saturday, one of which required a response from personnel based in Galena. In addition, a pair of wildfires burning in the western Interior continue to be active and heavy smoke from […]

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New wildfires continue to pop up in northern Alaska

Wildfire season continues to persist in northern Alaska with the discovery of three new lightning-caused fires in the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Friday. Two new fires were found in the Upper Yukon Zone and one was reported in the Tanana Zone. Surveillance aircraft discovered the Lower Birch Fire (#359) along the Yukon […]

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Wildfires have burned more than 500,000 acres in Alaska so far this season

Alaska surpassed the 500,000-acre mark in estimated acres burned by wildfires on Sunday. As of Monday morning, 303 fires have burned an estimated 503,257 acres for the season, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Most of that burned acreage has been courtesy of several fires burning in remote locations in the northeastern […]

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The map shows the active fires burning in the northeastern and central parts of Alaska.

Northeastern Alaska continues to be the hot spot for wildfires

The northeastern and central parts of the state continue to be the hot spot for fires – both literately and figuratively. As of Thursday afternoon, there were six of the 84 active fires staffed. All of these fires fall within the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Tanana and Upper Yukon fire management zones that are divided […]

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