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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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Alaska crews spread out across four states in Pacific Northwest

What’s the difference between fighting fire in the Lower 48 and Alaska? Well, there are several differences but one of the biggest is steep terrain, evidenced by these pictures taken by Steve Theisen that show the Allakaket Type 2 Crew working on the Clearwater Complex near Kamiah, Idaho. The Clearwater Complex in northwest Idaho consists […]

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Yukon Flats wildland fire roundup for Wednesday, June 24

Compiled at noon on Wednesday. #605 Christian River #3: 150 acres. Lightning, discovered on 6/23-63 miles north of Fort Yukon Tuesday: Fire was reported by aircraft. It is burning in white spruce with 100% active perimeter. It has been placed into monitor status. #604 Christian River #2: 275 acres. Lightning, discovered on 6/23-60 miles north […]

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