Tag Archives: Tanana Zone
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 […]

Continue reading

Four new fires in Tanana Zone

Four new lightning-caused fires were reported in the Tanana Zone on Thursday with the largest estimated at 225 acres. Two of the new fires are staffed with crews this morning, and overall five of the 26 actively burning fires have crews assigned.  Isolated thunderstorms are expected along the eastern edge of the Tanana Zone today […]

Continue reading

Troops on the move in Tanana Zone

As new fires continue to break during the Tanana Zone’s very active fire season, smokejumpers and crews are being pulled from earlier fires and reassigned to the new blazes. On Tuesday a load of eight jumpers working on the South Base Fire (#555), which had been discovered by a helicopter working another fire, provided four […]

Continue reading

Tanana Zone fires hide in their own smoke

Many of the fires burning in the Tanana Zone were hidden in smoke, causing veteran firefighters near the fires to rely on satellite imagery to provide essential information such as the distance the head of the fire had moved, or what part of the fire was most active.  The heavy smoke prevented use of aircraft […]

Continue reading
Map of fires burning in Central Interior.

Increased fire activity continues in Central Interior

High, dry weather is expected to continue in Central Interior, kicking up fire activity and work for firefighters on fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service Tanana Zone. Only four of the 17 fires burning in the Tanana Zone are staffed. Firefighters are working to contain some fires and to put up protection measures around allotments, […]

Continue reading
A fire burning on a very steep bank with the Yukon River below and hills in the background. In the foreground is a mix of trees and rocky areas.

Firefighters working on fires in BLM AFS Upper Yukon, Tanana Zones

Following days of hot, dry weather the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Upper Yukon and Tanana Zones saw an increase in number of fires over the weekend after lightning triggered several new starts. Here is a breakdown of the fires of most interest burning in both zones: Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone Fires: Eagle Fire (#355) […]

Continue reading
Photo of the Red Mountain Fire burning north of the Koyukuk River.

Chena Hotshots responding to mop up fire 23 miles north of Hughes

People in Allakaket will see an uptick in firefighting personnel and aircraft today when the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Interagency Hotshot Crew shuttles to the Red Mountain Fire (#166) located 39 miles to the southwest. The Chena Hotshots will take over mopping-up the lightning-caused fire, freeing eight smokejumpers for initial attack response if needed. […]

Continue reading
2019 EFF Spring Training graphic

2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

The schedule for federal emergency firefighter (EFF) training for the 2019 fire season has been set for the Galena and Tanana Fire Management Zones. Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will facilitate RT-130 Fireline Refresher Training and the Work Capacity Test (pack test) in 24 villages in rural Alaska starting with Grayling on March 25. Villages in […]

Continue reading

BLM AFS busy with Yukon River fires

July 16, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service has been busy with fires along the Yukon River corridor that were threatening structures upriver from Rampart and burning near a Bible camp downriver from Tanana. A load of eight smokejumpers are divided between the Telegraph (#532) and the Telegraph 2 (#534) fires that are one […]

Continue reading
Map of Fire Management Zones. BLM Alaska Fire Service zones are in yellow.

BLM AFS sees 21 new fires Thursday

July 15, 2016 – For the second day in a row, there were more than 40 new fires in Alaska, most of them burning in a limited protection area in remote parts of the state. BLM Alaska Fire Service will launch detection flights throughout much of the zones that make up the upper half of […]

Continue reading