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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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Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week

Cooler temperatures and moderate relative humidity are being reported by firefighters assigned to fires from southwest of Galena to those northeast of Fort Yukon. Isolated thunderstorms continue to move across the region, but they have produced minimal rainfall in some areas and missed others. Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week as […]

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Over 60 firefighters working on Alaska wildland fires

A lightning-caused fire in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve was discovered Tuesday by spotters in surveillance aircraft. The Essie Creek Fire (#348) was reported to be 5 acres and smoldering in a mix of white and black spruce. It is in a Limited suppression area and will be monitored. While isolated thunderstorms have produced rainfall […]

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BLM continues to monitor 24 active fires in the Upper Yukon Zone

A change in the weather has moderated fire activity on wildland fires northeast of Fort Yukon. Upper Yukon Zone fire managers are trading crews on the fire line to make firefighters initial attack available as fire activity picks up in the Tanana fire management zone. Permitted cabins and Native allotments that have been prepared for […]

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Weather change lessens wildland fire activity

Cooler, wetter weather has moved into the Interior of Alaska moderating behavior on wildland fires northeast of Fort Yukon. Upper Yukon Zone fire managers are taking advantage of the weather to pull crews from the line back into town for days off and to refurbish their equipment; so that they are ready for redeployment when […]

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The Campbell River Fire burns to the southwest of the confluence of the Salmon Trout and Porcupine rivers Friday, July 14, 2017, near the Canadian border in northeast Alaska. The fire was a reported as 30 percent active with the most activity on the southwestern edges. James Higgins / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Cooler, wetter weather expected for fires in northeastern Alaska

Fire activity picked up Friday as hot, dry weather continued over the northeastern Interior keeping wildland fires north of Fort Yukon and in Canada producing smoke. The smoke from these fires has spread across much of Alaska the past several days but a shift in the wind from the southwest has cleared many areas across […]

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The Campbell River Fire burns to the southwest of the confluence of the Salmon Trout and Porcupine rivers Thursday, July 13, 2017, near the Canadian border in northeast Alaska. A fire break is visible in the foreground cut to protect Native allotments and the historic area of Old Rampart, an area from the days of riverboat trade between fur buyers and local trappers. James Higgins / BLM Alaska Fire Service

Hot, dry weather persists for northeast Alaska fires

Hot, dry weather persists over the northeastern Interior keeping wildland fire activity high today and tomorrow north of Fort Yukon and in Canada. Smoke from these fires has spread across much of Alaska the past several days. A cold front out of the northern Yukon Territory is forecasted to move into the northeast Interior forecast […]

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This satellite image shows the extent of smoke covering the state from fires burning in Alaska and Canada.

Firefighters continue their work on northeastern Alaska fires.

Smoke from fires north of Fort Yukon and in Canada spread across the Interior and south of the Alaska Range the past two days, but also provided a blanket keeping temperatures cooler and relative humidity higher than forecasted on many of these fires in northeastern Alaska. The fires are burning east of the Sheenjek River […]

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This graphic shows the Fine Fuel Moisture levels in Alaska for July 8, today and predicted for July 12 as provided by the Alaska Fire & Fuels Meso West weather information program.

Rains miss northeast Alaskan Interior as fires there continue to burn

Despite much of Alaska receiving rain today, the southeastern Brooks Range, Upper Yukon River, and surrounding uplands continues to be hot, dry, and windy. Gusty northeasterly winds were expected in the southeastern Brooks Range and Yukon Flats. Fires burning in the Upper Yukon fire management zone moderated slightly Sunday, but a shift in the wind […]

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Wind shift brings smoke from northeastern fires to other parts of Alaska

Saturday’s warm, dry weather across the Upper Yukon River and surrounding uplands increased fire activity on a majority of the fires burning east of the Sheenjek River and along the Canadian border. A shift in the wind Saturday evening to the northeast is driving smoke towards communities along the Yukon River and the Dalton Highway […]

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