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Chalkyitsik Complex Fire Update

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 –#348, Frozen Calf Fire –#367, Bearnose Hill Fire –#407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 482,192 acres– 281personnel are assigned to the complex Dense smoke settled over the Upper Yukon Flats Tuesday as light and variable winds did little to clear the air. A Dense Smoke Advisory issued by the National Weather Service is […]

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Dense smoke settled in Chalkyitsik on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019. A high pressure ridge over northeast Alaska has brought warmer temperatures along with light and variable winds. Smoke will persist through the week. A chance of rain Friday may clear some of the smoke away. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex sees active fire behavior

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 –#348, Frozen Calf Fire –#367, Bearnose Hill Fire –#407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 473,451 acres combined – 281 personnel assigned to the complex Portions of all four fires in the Chalkyitsik Complex were active yesterday. The Bearnose Hill Fire is continuing to run to the northeast, spreading another 2 miles north of […]

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Jump-12, an Alaska Smokejumper Casa, makes it final approach to Chalkytsik, Alaska, as a plume rises from burnout operations on the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2019. The aircraft was delivering personnel to the Chalkyitsik Complex. Ed Sanford/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex fires active; warmer weather ahead

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 422,023 acres – 276 personnel are assigned to the complex Fire behavior was active on all four fires of the Chalkyitsik Complex but did not reach the extremes that were seen […]

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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 […]

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Smoke rolls off the flats east of Chalkyitsik as firefighters burnout around a cabin site Friday evening, July 20, 2019. Assisted by a drone dropping ping-pong like plastic balls that ignite, crews were preparing for a future firing operation that will remove a large stand of black spruce ahead of the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407). Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Chalkyitsik Complex: Lower temps, higher winds predicted for weekend

Chalkyitsik Complex #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) – 357,175 acres – 235 personnel are assigned to the complex Temperatures cooled slightly across the Upper Yukon Flats and will continue to do so through the weekend, with hot and dry weather […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Has Varied Activity

More than 20,000 lightning strikes across Alaska on Thursday Much of Alaska remains under a Red Flag Warning today that is projected to continue through Friday evening. Some precipitation has been received south of the White Mountains, but not enough to extinguish fires. Fuels in the northern part of the Upper Yukon Zone are extremely […]

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