Tag Archives: Isom Creek Fire

Winds challenge fire crews and send smoke to Dalton Highway

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  11,665 acres Containment: 30% Total Personnel: 294   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – An earlier than usual wind shift during a burn out operation on the Isom Creek Fire (#187) brought heavy smoke over the Dalton Highway near milepost 46 late Friday […]

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Dense smoke on Dalton Highway

EVENING UPDATE (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – A change in the wind direction and an increase in fire activity this evening is pushing smoke from the Isom Creek Fire (#187) over the Dalton Highway reducing visibility on the road between mileposts 34-46. Firefighters and Forestry engines will be controlling traffic into the night until it is safe […]

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Map of three staffed fires.

Hotshots mopping up Alfred Fire east of Stevens Village

Utilizing an aggressive water air assault, two hotshot crews and eight smokejumpers were able to stop the growth of a fire burning east of Stevens Village at 83 acres Thursday. However, due to the fire spotting outside the main perimeter, the firefighters will need to seek out and make sure these spot fires are extinguished before calling the Alfred Fire (#215) contained.

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Critical fire weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,844 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 275   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Westerly winds continued to help and hinder firefighters on the Isom Creek Fire Thursday. Winds pushed the fire away from the Dalton Highway, allowing firefighting crews to continue increasing […]

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Warm, dry weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,618 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 300   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Southwest winds pushed the Isom Creek Fire away from the Dalton Highway allowing firefighting crews to secure and improve their firelines along the highway and Hovercraft Road. Firefighters were […]

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Isom Creek Fire grows to 7,574 acres

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – For the second day in a row, a late evening isolated storm cell moved over the Isom Creek Fire late Tuesday, bringing strong, erratic winds. Firefighting aircraft were forced to stop operations because of strong wind gusts. The easterly winds tested the constructed fireline along the two-track trail, locally know as Hovercraft […]

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Map of Isom Creek Fire (#187) for June 9, 2020.

Erratic winds push Isom Creek Fire growth to roughly 5,000 acres

An isolated storm cell moved over the Isom Creek Fire (#187) late Monday evening bringing strong, erratic winds and light rain. Firefighters reported the rain had little effect, but the winds pushed the fire to the east causing significant growth to an estimated 5,000 acres. State and federal firefighting crews built indirect firelines and conducted […]

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Additional resources arrive to help contain Isom Creek Fire

The Isom Creek Fire (#187) continued to burn actively Sunday, spreading to the southwest through stands of black spruce mixed with hardwoods. Firefighters report the fire is resistant to control due to continued warm and dry weather. A contingent of water-scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water-dropping buckets supported personnel on the ground. […]

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Photo of Isom Creek Fire

Isom Creek Fire grows significantly, crosses Dalton Highway

June 7, 2020 – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) grew exponentially Saturday evening and crossed the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River crossing. Despite two days of an aggressive air attack on the fire in the form of water-scoopers, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water buckets, the fire became very active in the […]

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Map of Isom Creek and Dall River fires.

Crews, smokejumpers mobilize for two fires burning near Yukon River crossing

8 p.m., June 6 update The fire has impact and crossed the Dalton Highway between milepost 47-52 just south of the Yukon River crossing. The highway is open at this time. Use extreme caution when driving through this area due to firefighting resources in the area. 4 p.m. June 6 updateThe fire is moving closer […]

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