Tag Archives: TFR

Alaska pilots urged to observe TFRs, and not fly over wildfires

(Palmer, AK) – With aircraft playing an important part in fighting wildland fires in Alaska, state fire officials urged private pilots to keep their aircraft away from active fire areas and to respect airspace Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). While TFRs have been established in the airspace overlying the McKinley, Deshka and Swan Lake fires, there […]

Continue reading

Strong winds drive fire activity on the Chalkyitsik Complex

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 414,899 acres – 235 personnel are assigned to the complex A passing weather system brought much cooler temperatures and strong, gusty southwest winds to the Upper Yukon Flats but little, if […]

Continue reading
Members of the BLM's 2019 Women's Fire Crew pose for a photo at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, on July 17, 2019, before heading to the Hadweenzic River Fire. The members of the 2019 crew are: Shelby Descamps, Leah Katz, Patty Derner, Hannah Zamorski, Tess Jarden, Lauren Formiller, Toni Hardy and Alex Perez. CREDIT: BLM Alaska Fire Service

Temps moderate today, 30 mph wind gusts expected

Temperatures are expected to moderate slightly today into the 70s in the Upper Yukon Zone, although wind gusts related to pressure changes are expected to cause wind gusts in the 20-30 mph range. Strong winds from the southwest can drive fire behavior and could disrupt plans for burnout operations. Fuels remain highly flammable and are […]

Continue reading
Columns of smoke rise Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from where a helicopter has dropped plastic spheres that ignite to catch a broad area black spruce on fire. The tactical firing operation is removing the fuels ahead of the Frozen Calf Fire (#367) to the northeast of Chalkyitsik. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Upper Yukon Zone: High potential for fire growth today

Fire continues to exhibit extreme behavior in parts of the Upper Yukon Zone, which continues to be one of the warmest areas in the state, with relative humidity between 20-30 percent. Continued warm temperatures have dried fuels considerably. Indices that measure fuels and how receptive they are to fire remain in the high to very […]

Continue reading

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. […]

Continue reading

Upper Yukon Zone fuel indices remain at near record levels

The Upper Yukon Flats remains the hottest and driest area of the state. Temperatures in the Upper Yukon zone will remain consistent in the 65 degree to 85 degree range with relative humidities between 35 percent and 45 percent. About 4,100 lightning strikes happened across the state yesterday with most touching down in the central […]

Continue reading

New TFR In Place Near Tanana: July 15

Pilots should be aware that a new, periodic, Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place near and over the Village of Tanana. Beginning at 8 am on Thursday, July 16, a new TFR will affect an area that includes the Tanana Airport and its approaches. The TFR will be in force daily from 8 am until […]

Continue reading

Temporary Flight Restrictions in place over multiple Alaska wildland fires

4:15 p.m. – Alaska firefighting agencies rely heavily on aircraft to fight wildland fires. The airspace surrounding these fires needs to be clear so that air operations can be conducted in a safe manner. Air tankers, helicopters and smokejumper operations may be in progress. The FAA issues a Temporary Flight Restriction, TFR, to notify pilots. Information on […]

Continue reading

Alaska wildfire roundup for Wednesday, June 3

12:00 p.m. — Rain has dampened most of the fire danger across the state. With only one new fire reported Tuesday, Alaska’s firefighting remains focused on a series of lightning-caused fires in the Southwest region. A fire was reported Tuesday morning in McGrath’s community park. The human caused, .1-acre fire was quickly controlled and called […]

Continue reading

Wildland fire roundup for Sunday, May 31st

11:30 a.m. – Six new fires were reported Saturday, with the largest being a 30-acre human-caused fire burning southeast of Delta Junction. Helitack, engines, air attack, retardant tankers, and the White Mountain Fire Crew responded to the Cummings Road Fire. Retardant was used to create a line around much of the fire, with a dozer […]

Continue reading