Tag Archives: Smokejumpers

Alatna River Fire near Allakaket shows little heat

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – A lightning-caused fire burning near Native allotments about eight miles northwest of Allakaket was attacked by smokejumpers Monday evening. A resident of the village witnessed the lightning strike, saw smoke afterwards and reported the fire. The Alatna River Fire (#275) was estimated at about two acres. Firefighters found few hot spots or […]

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Photo of the Any Creek Fire on June 13, 2020.

Evacuation warning lessened as Any Creek Fire calms

9 p.m. update (last update for June 13, 2020): Due to moderated fire behavior, the evacuation order for the O’Connor Creek Subdivision, which includes Hattie Creek Road, Resolution Road, Determination Drive, and Adit Lane, has been improved to a Level 1: Ready. This means residents should still be ready in case fire activity because Any […]

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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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Photo of fire on landscape.

AFS Smokejumpers conduct first fire jump of year near Fort Yukon

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers mobilized Tuesday afternoon for the first time this year for a small fire burning about 13 miles west of Fort Yukon. The eight smokejumpers were able to stop the 1-acre Mink Fire’s movement within a couple of hours and are now in the process of mopping up the fire by […]

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Map of the The Smoothface Mountain Fire (#811) burning about 8 miles up the Yukon River from the Dalton Highway crossing.

Smokejumpers, Chena Hotshots working on late season fire near the Yukon River Crossing

The Chena Hotshots are mopping up a 7-acre fire that started Friday near the Yukon River crossing on the Dalton Highway about 80 miles north of Fairbanks. Smokejumpers responded to Fire #811, the Smoothface Mountain Fire, after it was reported Friday afternoon from someone at the Yukon River Camp near the river crossing at milepost […]

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Tanana Zone staffing three fires, monitoring others

The Tanana Zone has a number of fires currently in monitor status, with crews also staffing three active wildfires: Buster Creek, Little Creek and Grouse fires. Rain and higher humidities have allowed crews to make significant progress in securing all fire perimeters and begin patrolling for remaining hotspots on each fire’s interior.  Buster Creek Fire […]

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A map of active fires across Alaska on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Fire activity decreases due to mild temperatures in the Tanana Zone

Fire behavior in the Tanana Zone was tempered by cloud layers on Friday. As a weather front approaches the central Interior, winds are expected to increase during the afternoon hours. Southwest winds 10-20 mph are expected during the day. Wind gusts up to 25 mph may fan flames on the east side of the Tanana […]

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Chalkyitsik Fuels Build-up Index hits record high

Rainfall across Alaska continues to avoid the Upper Yukon zone, with conditions at extreme levels predicted to drive fire activity across the Yukon flats.The Buildup Index (BUI) is the best indicator of seasonal severity and overall flammability in the boreal forest here in Alaska, representing deeper drying in the duff layers and greater fuel availability. […]

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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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Smokejumpers respond to fire near Koyuk

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 –  BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers are responding to a fire burning in tundra about two miles east of Koyuk. The fire was reported by villagers at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. Agency personnel flew over the fire and reported the fire as about 10 acres in size, 15 percent active and burning with […]

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