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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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BLM AFS awards three contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) awarded three contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural northeastern and Interior Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. The contractors selected will base crews in the Upper Yukon and Tanana Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within BLM AFS protection areas. Unlike […]

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Photo of emergency firefighter on the looking for spot fires.

BLM AFS 2019 Emergency Firefighter review

The BLM Alaska Fire Service uses Type 2 Emergency Firefighters (EFF)/Administratively Determined (AD) fire crews and single resource personnel to supplement its regular workforce in the event of wildfire emergencies. The program, which is separate from the State of Alaska’s EFF program, consists of over 500 individual federal AD firefighting personnel across three fire management […]

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Map showing the Native allotment where the Chandalar River Fire spotted within a Native allotment Friday.

Smokejumpers respond to contain spot fire from Chandalar River Fire near Venetie

Sept. 6, 2019 Four smokejumpers quickly responded Friday afternoon to contain a small fire that spotted across a control line protecting a Native allotment from the long-burning Chandalar River Fire west of Venetie. Smokejumpers anticipate containing the 30-by-30 foot fire by the end of shift Friday night. It was reported as smoldering in white spruce […]

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Firefighters from the Yukon Flats Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crew work inside a saw line that is designed to help protect allotments from the Chandalar River Fire. Hoses have been laid inside the saw line as well. PHOTO: Beth Ipsen/BLM Alaska Fire Service

Upper Yukon: Weather may allow burnout operations

Weather conditions today or tomorrow could finally allow firefighters to conduct planned burnout operations on three fires in the Upper Yukon Zone’s Cornucopia Complex: the Hadweenzic Fire (#337), the Tony Slough Fire (#493) and the Chandalar River Fire (#349). Firefighters have prepared for these burnout operations for more than a week, cutting line and laying […]

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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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Mop up nearly complete on North Robertson Fire along Alaska Highway near Tok

Firefighters on Saturday reached 95 percent containment of the North Robertson Fire burning along the Alaska Highway about 30 miles northwest of Tok, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Fire managers downsized the number of personnel assigned to the fire by demobilizing three Type 2 crews Saturday. Many overhead positions will be reduced on […]

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Firefighters search for hot spots, begin mopping up on North Robertson Fire near Tok

Firefighters continue to build and improve containment lines around the 832-acre North Robertson Fire burning along the Alaska Highway about 30 miles northwest of Tok. More than 200 firefighters are working on the fire, which started on June 1 about 2 miles west of the Alaska Highway near Milepost 1350. As of Monday morning, the […]

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Containment increases to 40 percent on North Robertson Fire along Alaska Highway

Cloudier, wetter weather has reduced fire behavior on a wildfire burning along the Alaska Highway near Tok, allowing firefighters to increase containment from 10 to 40 percent, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The North Robertson Fire, reported on June 1, is burning approximately 2 miles west of the highway near Milepost 1350. The […]

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BLM AFS working on a new fire west of Venetie

6:30 p.m., July 20, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on a 20-acre fire burning along the Chandalar River five miles west of Venetie. Eight smokejumpers are already on the ground with a Bell B-212 helicopter headed that way to help dump water on the flames and the need for more resources […]

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