Northeasterly winds pushed Marten Creek Fire almost two miles closer to Venetie as it almost doubled in size. The prolonged hot, dry spell has dried out the vegetation to the point that firefighters witnessed it burn not only the normally receptive spruce trees and tundra grass, but hardwoods which typically have a higher moisture content.
Marten Creek Fire
Work progresses on a pair of fires burning in the Yukon Flats as cloud cover and a sprinkle of rain kept fire behavior subdued Sunday. Update on the Marten Creek and Discovery Creek fires for Aug. 2, 2021.
Work continues on the Marten Creek Fire (#386) and the Discovery Creek Fire (#388) as fire season lingers in northeastern Alaska. Firefighters managing efforts on the Marten Creek Fire burning about 13 miles east of Venetie will meet with community members today for input on plans to construct fuel breaks around the village.
Fire behavior moderated on the Marten Creek Fire (#386) and the Discovery Creek Fire (#388) in the Yukon Flats Wednesday as firefighters remain busy preparing for today’s warmer, drier weather. Firefighters reported both fires received a light dusting of rain Wednesday that likely didn’t elevate the dry conditions in the deeper ground layers. With the weather forecast returning to breezy, drier conditions today, firefighters anticipate more activity as the fires burn through black spruce trees in the area.
The BLM Alaska Fire Service North Star Crew mobilized to Venetie today to help take steps to clean up an old fire break around the village to protect it from the Marten Creek Fire (#386) burning about 13 miles to the east. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew will head north to help smokejumpers working on the Discovery Creek Fire (#388) burning in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge about 30 miles northwest of Venetie.
Driven by wind and exceptionally dry fuels, the fire grew exponentially on Sunday despite an aggressive aerial response. with growth primarily on the north edge of the fire into what fire managers described as a “sea of black spruce” that has not burned in 30 years.
10:00 a.m. — A roundup of fires in the Yukon Flats area that have updated information from Thursday. #622 Marten Creek: 44 acres. Lightning, discovered on 6/24-25 miles northwest of Fort Yukon 0709 Thursday: Minimal fire activity was reported…. Read More ›
11:00 a.m. — A roundup of fires in the Yukon Flats area that had updated information from Wednesday. #622 Marten Creek: 44 acres. Lightning, discovered on 6/24-25 miles northwest of Fort Yukon 07/08 Wednesday: Firefighters were demobilized from the fire…. Read More ›
noon–A roundup of fires around the Yukon Flats that have updated information from Monday. #704 Salmon Trout: .1 acres. Discovered on 7/5 via MODIS satellite. 121 miles northwest of Fort Yukon near the Canadian border. 07/06 Monday: Reconnaissance reported the… Read More ›
noon–A roundup of fires around the Yukon Flats that have updated information from Sunday #704 Salmon Trout: .1 acres. Discovered on 7/5 via MODIS satellite. 121 miles northwest of Fort Yukon near the Canadian border. 07/05 Sunday: Fire is in… Read More ›