Tag Archives: Upper Yukon Zone Fires
Photo of Sheenjek Fire burning north of Fort Yukon on July 7, 2020. Photo by Chris Demers, BLM AFS.

Midnight Sun Hotshots mobilizing for fire north of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Hotshots are mobilizing to protect a Native allotment from the Sheenjek Fire (#296) burning about 46 miles north of Fort Yukon. While other fires throughout Alaska remain dormant, the Sheenjek Fire recently came to life and grew substantially over the past few days, causing smoke to drift into Venetie about 37 miles to the west.

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This slide from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Weather Briefing on June 21, 2020

With little rain in sight, work continues on Yukon Flats fires

Firefighters continue to make progress and get close to containment of three staffed fires in the Yukon Flats. This will be the last update on these fires unless conditions significantly change.

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Map showing Red Flag warning in Interior Alaska

Extreme weather conditions expected to spark new fires in Northern Interior Alaska

Lightning sparked new fires in the Northern Interior Alaska with more expected in the upcoming days due to an abundance of dry and warm weather. The U.S. National Weather Service Fairbanks Alaska has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of the Upper Yukon Zone from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday for abundant lightning in dry […]

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Map of three staffed fires.

Hotshots mopping up Alfred Fire east of Stevens Village

Utilizing an aggressive water air assault, two hotshot crews and eight smokejumpers were able to stop the growth of a fire burning east of Stevens Village at 83 acres Thursday. However, due to the fire spotting outside the main perimeter, the firefighters will need to seek out and make sure these spot fires are extinguished before calling the Alfred Fire (#215) contained.

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Map of Alfred Fire

Firefighters, aircraft working on fire 10 miles east of Stevens Village

Firefighters, aided by water bombing aircraft, are aggressively fighting an 83-acre fire burning about 10 miles east of Stevens Village. Eight smokejumpers, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshots and a variety of helicopter and airplanes are working to keep the lightning-caused Alfred Fire (#215) from a Native allotment within three miles. The fire is […]

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Isom Creek Fire grows to 7,574 acres

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – For the second day in a row, a late evening isolated storm cell moved over the Isom Creek Fire late Tuesday, bringing strong, erratic winds. Firefighting aircraft were forced to stop operations because of strong wind gusts. The easterly winds tested the constructed fireline along the two-track trail, locally know as Hovercraft […]

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Photo of Isom Creek Fire

Isom Creek Fire grows significantly, crosses Dalton Highway

June 7, 2020 – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) grew exponentially Saturday evening and crossed the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River crossing. Despite two days of an aggressive air attack on the fire in the form of water-scoopers, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water buckets, the fire became very active in the […]

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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 Isom Creek Fire.

Firefighters, aircraft work on fire southeast of Dalton Highway Yukon River Crossing

Firefighters and multiple aircraft are busy Friday night trying to suppress the Isom Creek Fire (#187) burning southeast of the Yukon River Crossing on the Dalton Highway. Sixteen BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and multiple aircraft including two large and small water-scoopers and an Alaska Division of Forestry air retardant tanker were trying to keep […]

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Map with fires and Fort Yukon.

Smokejumpers respond to third human-caused fire west of Fort Yukon

Firefighters urge public to be careful outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on the third human-caused fire found west of Fort Yukon in the past two weeks. In the case of the Yukon Slough Fire (#103), discovered yesterday, and the Marten Fire (#082), discovered on May 17, firefighters […]

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