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.
Isom Creek Fire
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.
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.
(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… Read More ›
(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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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.
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.
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… Read More ›
The presence of bears near a wildland fire in Alaska is nothing new to the firefighting community, but the use of professionally trained Karelian bear dogs was a first, nationwide, on the Isom Creek Fire (#187), located south of the… Read More ›