Wildfires in the Yukon Flats exhibited extreme fire behavior Thursday for the second day in a row – prompting smokejumpers to conduct burn operations to protect two Native allotments and a cabin.
Upper Yukon Zone
While rains have swept through a majority of Alaska, they have largely avoided northeastern Alaska which remains the warmest, driest part of the state. The area hasn’t seen a new fire since July 29, but existing wildfires in the Yukon Flats remain very active while other fires in the rest of the state are largely dormant.
Fire Management Officer Dustin Widmer visits Fort Yukon as firefighters regroup for late season fires.
The first wave of a multi-day southwest flow of moisture reached the Yukon Flats yesterday afternoon bringing the forecasted cooler temperatures and moisture. This is anticipated to continue for the next several days. With a decrease in fire activity, and… Read More ›
Nearly 500 lightning strikes were recorded Friday in the Upper Yukon Zone. As of Saturday morning two new starts, the Waterfall Fire (#423) and Hard Luck Fire (#424), were reported. It’s possible more new starts will be reported today as… Read More ›
Twelve smokejumpers are fighting the Sunset Fire (#369), which is burning near the banks of the Yukon River about 60 miles upriver from Ruby. The fire is in a Full Protection area. Two allotments between the fire and the river… Read More ›
Firefighters made good progress on full suppression of the Fish Fire (#319) yesterday. The fire is located west of mile post 115 on the Dalton Highway near the Arctic Circle Wayside and Arctic Circle Campground. The wayside and campground remain… Read More ›
A Type 3 incident management team from Nevada led by Incident Commander Erik Newell and staffed with 77 personnel is working to fully suppress the Fish Fire (#319) and monitor five other wildfires in the Yukon and Tanana zones along… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities… Read More ›
The Chena Hotshots are mopping up a 7-acre fire that started Friday near the Yukon River crossing on the Dalton Highway about 80 miles north of Fairbanks. Smokejumpers responded to Fire #811, the Smoothface Mountain Fire, after it was reported… Read More ›