Tag Archives: Upper Yukon Zone

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 Zone temps highest in state, fuels fire activity

Temperatures in the Yukon Flats will range from 65-85 degrees. Low relative humidity will be 35-45% with winds out of the west at 5-10 mph. Any thunderstorms are predicted to be accompanied by showers. Thirty-four fires are burning within the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone; most are not threatening people or property. Ten of the […]

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Fire behavior remains active in Upper Yukon Zone

Four thousand lightning strikes were recorded in the last 24 hours in the Upper Yukon Zone, spread out widely over the region. Chalkyitsik was in a three way tie for high temperatures in the state at 83 degrees. Today’s high will approach 85 degrees, with low relative humidity around 30%. Wind is forecasted to be […]

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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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Fire Crews prepare for potential increase in fire activity in Yukon Fire Zone

Continued high temperatures and low relative humidity in the Yukon Fire Zone have dried fuels and increased the likelihood of additional fire. Weather forecasts call for dry lightning and increased winds in the area through Sunday. Fire managers expect an increase in lightning-caused fires and are re-positioning some smokejumpers and fire crews to be available […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Activity Hampered by Smoke

Widespread smoke challenged firefighters yesterday by limiting their use of aircraft and making fuels less conducive to burnout operations. Fires are still growing in size, but at a slower rate than that seen over the past few days. Firefighting resources remain stretched thin in the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, which covers the eastern Interior, […]

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Smoke Blankets Upper Yukon Fire Zone

The Upper Yukon continues to experience above normal fire conditions and resources to respond to new fires are stretched thin. One new fire was reported. The Mich Fire (#452) is in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The fire is smoldering in an old burn scar in a Limited Management area, where fire is allowed to function […]

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Upper Yukon Sees Highest Threat for Increased Fire Activity

Upper Yukon Sees Highest Threat for Increased Fire Activity Today’s holiday is the last day of cooler weather across the Interior. The Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, along with Southcentral Alaska, has the highest threat for active fire spread and intense burning. The area is hot, dry and ready to burn, setting the stage for […]

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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) […]

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Map of fires burning around Fort Yukon and Chalkyitsik on June 23, 2019.

BLM AFS responded to new lightning-caused fires in Yukon Flats

After several days of hot, dry weather in the Yukon Flats area, lightning triggered new fires including five that are burning within 18 miles east of Chalyitsik. Of the 24 new fires in Alaska Saturday, 15 were located in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Zone that runs from between the international border and […]

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