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Crews continue containment of Yukon Flats fires

Crews continue to secure the edges of two fires burning in the Yukon Flats and inch closer to containment each day. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 30 percent contained. A little rain is making its way into the area, however, it […]

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The Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is 25 percent contained and Applevunk Fire (#305) is 80 percent contained.

Firefighters’ work advances despite continued dry conditions in Yukon Flats

Despite the drier than expected conditions in the Yukon Flats, firefighters are steadily advancing toward the goal of having both fires burning since July 2 contained. An estimated 80 percent of the Applevun Fire (#305) is contained while the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) is about 25 percent contained. After humidity levels were lower than expected […]

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Map showing the Applevunk Fire, Tiechovunk Lake Fire and Kevinjik Fire in relation to Chalkyitsik on July 5, 2018.

Firefighters make progress on Yukon Flats fires, demobilize from Zitziana River Fire

Despite extreme winds gusting up to 40 mph on Wednesday, firefighters are making progress towards containing two lightning-caused fires burning in the Yukon Flats. For the third day in a row, firefighters battled hot and windy conditions while trying to suppress the 2,709-acre Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) and the 140-acre Applevun Fire (#305). Neither fire […]

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The Applevun Fire (#305) is burning through grass and black spruce on Native corporation land in a modified management option area about 10 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik. Photo by Branden Petersen, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on two new fires in Yukon Flats

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on two wind-driven fires that broke out in the Yukon Flats on Monday. Four water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and 16 smokejumpers were on the ground trying to suppress the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) that threatened four Native land allotments and a cabin about 44 miles east of Fort […]

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This map shows heat signatures picked up by satellite sensors indicating growth from the Zitzitana River Fire (#133) and the Mooseheart Fire (#204) burning south of Manley Hot Springs. The Zitzitana River Fire, on the right, made an overnight six mile run to the northeast toward the Tanana River.

More firefighters to join efforts on fires south of Manley Hot Springs

Two crews will join the efforts to protect cabins and Native allotments that are in the area of the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires burning south of Manley Hot Springs. The Type 1 BLM AFS Chena Hotshots and the Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Tanana Chiefs Conference crews, both at about 20 firefighters strong, will […]

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Smokejumpers check each other's equipment before boarding an airplane bound for the William Slough Fire (#220) Saturday afternoon. Four smokejumpers parachuted in for point protection while the other four returned to the Alaska Smokejumper base at BLM AFS facilities on Fort Wainwright. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Firefighters continue to wrap things up on fires as conditions moderate

Fire activity has moderated throughout much of Alaska thanks to a combination of decreased lightning activity and scattered showers in many places. While some places received wetting rain, others, such as Central Interior Alaska, remain dry and will likely stay that way for the next few days. BLM Alaska Fire Service staff are keeping an […]

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The map shows the active fires burning in the northeastern and central parts of Alaska.

Northeastern Alaska continues to be the hot spot for wildfires

The northeastern and central parts of the state continue to be the hot spot for fires – both literately and figuratively. As of Thursday afternoon, there were six of the 84 active fires staffed. All of these fires fall within the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Tanana and Upper Yukon fire management zones that are divided […]

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With help from rain, firefighters wrapping up work on fires in southwest, western Alaska

Despite recent widespread rain that has quelled wildfire activity across much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service continue to staff six fires in southwest and western Alaska. Alaska Division of Forestry As of Monday morning, there were still 13 active fires in the Southwest Area between Dillingham and […]

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Alaska crews spread out across four states in Pacific Northwest

What’s the difference between fighting fire in the Lower 48 and Alaska? Well, there are several differences but one of the biggest is steep terrain, evidenced by these pictures taken by Steve Theisen that show the Allakaket Type 2 Crew working on the Clearwater Complex near Kamiah, Idaho. The Clearwater Complex in northwest Idaho consists […]

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