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Firefighters on the Move in the Tanana Zone

Firefighters monitoring active fires Tuesday observed increased burning and smoke on several incidents. Eight smokejumpers were moved via helicopter from the Buster Creek Fire (#624) to the Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361), just to the southeast of Cosna River, and were joined by additional smokejumpers. A handcrew demobilized from the Grouse Creek Fire yesterday will be […]

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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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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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BLM Alaska Fire Service drone pilot Jason Brooks readies the quadcopter for take off before flying over the North Robertson Fire near Tok on June 10, 2017.

Taking Flight: Alaska pioneers use of drones on wildland fires

Alaska wildland firefighters pioneered the use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, on fires across the country this summer to help provide fire crew support, hot spot detection and mapping. Statewide, the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska owns 17 of the small, 3D Robotic Solo quadcopters, including the nine allocated to BLM Alaska Fire […]

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