Tag Archives: Galena Zone

Behind the Scenes in Galena – Alaska Fire Service

Known for its rugged independence, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Fire Management Zone supports all BLM AFS efforts across 93 million acres in western Alaska – an area roughly the size of Montana. Located 400 river miles and 271 air miles from Fairbanks, the zone operates primarily on boat and air transportation for both […]

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Map of lightning and fires in Northwest Alaska. The purple and red arrows are lightning strikes in the last 36 hours. The fire numbers in the 500 and above range are new starts.

Lightning delivers another round of fires in northwestern Alaska

Fire season has ebbed and flowed in Western Alaska with lightning delivering another round of fires in the past few days. Lightning ignited 11 new fires in three days within the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone had that encompasses more than 93 million acres in the northwestern section of Alaska. Of which, three were […]

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Map of lightning and active fires burning on the Seward Peninsula.

Lightning causes 16 new fires on Seward Peninsula

Smokejumpers and water-scoopers are working on a handful of fires in the Deering area after BLM Alaska Fire Service had 16 new fire starts on the Seward Peninsula within a little more than three hours Wednesday. All are a result of lightning strikes that crisscrossed the Seward Peninsula Wednesday and all were reported between a […]

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Smokejumpers, aircraft contain 160-acre fire near Unalakleet

With help from water-dropping aircraft, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers were able to contain a 160-acre fire burning about six miles east of Unalakleet late Sunday night. The South River Hills Fire (#207) was reported by the Unalakleet Fire Chief at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Smokejumpers that were prepositioned in Galena to respond to […]

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2019 EFF Spring Training graphic

2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

The schedule for federal emergency firefighter (EFF) training for the 2019 fire season has been set for the Galena and Tanana Fire Management Zones. Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will facilitate RT-130 Fireline Refresher Training and the Work Capacity Test (pack test) in 24 villages in rural Alaska starting with Grayling on March 25. Villages in […]

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Map of Long Lake Fire (#150) three miles east of Huslia.

Firefighters battling fire threatening Huslia

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is busy battling a fire threatening the village of Huslia. The Long Lake Fire (#150) was spotted at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday by a BLM AFS firefighter aboard an aircraft shuttling supplies and personnel from Galena to Huslia where they were staged for the Deniktaw Ridge Fire (#117). The Galena Zone […]

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The Tusikpak Lake Fire (#116) is burning through tundra grass about 16 miles east of Point Hope. It was estimated at 2,000 acres as of Monday afternoon. Photo by Ryan McPherson, BLM AFS

Smokejumpers enroute to 2,000-acre tundra fire near Point Hope

Smokejumpers are enroute to a tundra grass fire that has burned an estimated 2,000 acres about 16 miles east of Point Hope. The load of eight smokejumpers was sent to the Tusikpak Lake Fire (#116) that is burning in a modified protection area on ANSCA-corporation land and is within 2.5 of Native allotments. Because they are […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the locations of fires burning in the northern Interior of Alaska on July 30, 2017.

Smokejumpers, water-scooping aircraft successfully contain fire north of Fort Yukon

Smokejumpers are mopping up the Shovun Lake Fire (#371) a day after they and four Fire Boss airplanes were able to contain the new fire burning north of Fort Yukon Saturday. The eight smokejumpers and four water-scooping airplanes were sent to the fire soon after it was discovered by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel aboard […]

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The Khotol Fire burning 14 miles east of Kaltag roared back to life on Tuesday, putting up smoke and prompting fire officials to send 16 smokejumpers to provide protection for a nearby cabin and two Native allotments. Photo Courtesy Doug Downes//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Smokejumpers work on old fire after it roars back to life

Activity on a 1-1/2 month old fire burning 48 miles southeast of Galena picked up recently, prompting BLM Alaska Fire Service officials to send 16 smokejumpers Wednesday to protect a cabin and Native allotments from the Khotol Fire (#183). A load of eight smokejumpers parachuted near a cabin that was about 1.5 mile from the […]

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Rain takes edge off fire activity in southwest and western Alaska

Widespread rain has diminished wildfire activity in southwest and western Alaska the past two days, though several fires continue to burn and grow in size. Just about all the fires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area and the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone received varying amounts of precipitation over the past […]

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