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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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Firefighters loading gear onto plane.

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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This slide from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Weather Briefing on June 21, 2020

With little rain in sight, work continues on Yukon Flats fires

Firefighters continue to make progress and get close to containment of three staffed fires in the Yukon Flats. This will be the last update on these fires unless conditions significantly change.

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Map of Porcupine, Ninemile Lake and Flooded Lake fires

No new fires started, rain helps firefighters in northeastern Interior Alaska

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Rain helped cool all four staffed fires in northeastern Interior (including the Isom Creek Fire (#187) burning near the Dalton Highway Yukon River Crossing) helping firefighters make progress toward containment. No new fires were sparked yesterday in the state. Although cooler temperatures and above normal relative humidity are forecast for the next […]

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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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Map of Alaska showing fire and lightning strikes for June 4, 2020.

Lightning continues to ignite fires in Western Alaska

Lightning continues to sweep across Alaska and is blamed for leaving at least 57 new fires in its wake since Saturday. Most these new fires are in Western Alaska including the 15 new fires Wednesday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone that covers the northwestern section of the state. Most of the new […]

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Photo of Alaska smokejumpers from left to right, Brandon Kobayashi, Russell Kennedy, Kristopher Dudley conducting a burn operation in the marsh below Jim Magdanz and Susan Georgette's cabin on the Mauneluk River Wednesday on July 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Jim Magdanz

Galena Zone: Firefighters prepare for firing operations on fire east of Kobuk

Firefighters built fuelbreaks with hose lays around structures and native allotments in preparation for  burning operations on the Mauneluk River Fire (#535). With fireline securing the north and south sides, the burnout is planned to hold the fire in place. The lighting-caused fire started on July 12 has spread across 8,297 acres on the west […]

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Map of lightning and fires in Northwest Alaska. The purple and red arrows are lightning strikes in the last 36 hours. The fire numbers in the 500 and above range are new starts.

Lightning delivers another round of fires in northwestern Alaska

Fire season has ebbed and flowed in Western Alaska with lightning delivering another round of fires in the past few days. Lightning ignited 11 new fires in three days within the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone had that encompasses more than 93 million acres in the northwestern section of Alaska. Of which, three were […]

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