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Alaska crews head south to help fight Lower 48 wildfires

Three Alaska wildland firefighting crews headed to the Lower 48 on Friday to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in the western United States. The three crews – the BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun and Chena interagency hotshot crews and the Alaska Division of Forestry White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew – boarded a […]

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Map showing the Richmond Fire (#338) in relation to Coldfood Alaska.

Smokejumpers respond to two new fires in Interior Alaska

BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers responded to two fires in rural Alaska in the last few days, emphasizing dry conditions still exist in some areas despite the wet, cold weather present in other regions. The Richmond Fire (#338) burning 39 miles north of Bettles is suspected of being human caused. It’s a reminder that people still need to be careful that their outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire.

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Smokejumpers quickly take care of new fire near Fort Yukon

Smoke from the Sheenjek River Fire blanketed Fort Yukon Wednesday night. All three staffed fires in Alaska are located within the Yukon Flats. Click on link to learn more.

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Photo of Sheenjek Fire burning north of Fort Yukon on July 7, 2020. Photo by Chris Demers, BLM AFS.

Midnight Sun Hotshots mobilizing for fire north of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Hotshots are mobilizing to protect a Native allotment from the Sheenjek Fire (#296) burning about 46 miles north of Fort Yukon. While other fires throughout Alaska remain dormant, the Sheenjek Fire recently came to life and grew substantially over the past few days, causing smoke to drift into Venetie about 37 miles to the west.

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Isom Creek Fire management to transition to Type 4 Saturday morning

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Fire activity continued its downward trend Thursday with a smaller organization taking over the management of the Isom Creek Fire tomorrow morning. Unless conditions change and fire activity significantly increases, this will be the last update for this fire.  The fire has moved into an area burned in recent years that reduced the […]

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Management of Isom Creek Fire downsizing Saturday

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Fire management on the Isom Creek Fire is scheduled to downsize on Saturday morning because rain, high humidity and cloud cover over the past week have calmed fire activity and allowed firefighters to make significant headway towards containment. The transition from a Type 3 to a Type 4 organization will reduce the […]

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Supression repair underway on Isom Creek fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,180 acresContainment: 69%Total Personnel: 151 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Activity continues to ramp down on the Isom Creek Fire with some firefighters taking care of one of the remaining pockets of heat within the fire perimeter while others undertaking suppression repair. On Tuesday, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshots […]

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Smokejumpers working on lightning-caused fires north of Galena, Venetie

Twelve smokejumpers and two water-scoopers were dispatched to take care of two lightning-caused fires Monday – one burning 25 miles north of Galena and the other 11 miles northwest of Venetie.

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Map of Isom Creek Fire

Hot spots located, monitored on Isom Creek Fire

An infrared (IR) detection flight this morning showed two pockets of heat on the uncontained east side of the Isom Creek Fire. Due to the steep hillsides and the amount of blown down and jack-strawed trees, fire managers will determine if firefighters can safely attack these interior pockets of heat or if they will be monitored. IR flights will continue this week. The fire is 69% contained.

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Isom Creek Fire response downsized

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK, near Dalton Highway and Yukon RiverCause: LightningFire Size: 12,180 acresContainment: 69%Total Personnel: 249 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Work continues even as management of the Isom Creek Fire downsized from the Alaska Incident Management Type 2 Black team to a Type 3 BLM Alaska Fire Service organization […]

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