Tag Archives: Yukon Flats

Upper Yukon Flats Busy Fire Season Moderates – FINAL FIRE UPDATE August 13, 2019

In mid-July storms passed through the Yukon Flats with thousands of lightning strikes. Drought conditions left the trees and duff layer very dry allowing fires to grow and difficult to contain. The rest of Alaska was also experiencing an extreme fire season and resources were limited. The BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) requested the assistance […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/27-7/28: Upper Yukon still impacted

While the rest of the state has experienced relief from smoke impacts, along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity, Fort Yukon and the surrounding area remains warm and dry with more lightning expected. Fire potential likewise remains high there and smoke impacts are expected to continue. Air quality remains good in southern Alaska, and smoke […]

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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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Map of Yukon Flats area fires on June 25, 2019.

Firefighters, aircraft continue work on Yukon Flats area fires

Work continues on numerous fires burning in the Yukon Flats. Of the 138 active fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service area that covers the northern half of the state, 34 are within the more than 51-million acre Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern chunk of Alaska along the international border north of […]

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Caribou Creek Fire #255 on June 21

Hot weather increases fire activity on Caribou Creek Fire; three more crews to join fight

Firefighters continued making slow but deliberate progress on the Caribou Creek Fire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks and north of the community of Two Rivers on Friday. The fire has grown to an estimated 300 acres since it was reported late Sunday afternoon and is burning on a remote hillside and ridgetop about […]

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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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Work completed on last staffed fire in Alaska

With the perimeter 100 percent contained, the remaining 39 firefighters left on the last staffed fire in Alaska will demobilize from the Tiechovun Fire today. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Type 2 Initial Attack White Mountain Crew and Type 2 UAF Nanook Fire Crew are the last two crews to come off of the Tiechovun Lake […]

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Lightning strikes spark dozens of new wildfires across Alaska

After a slow start due to a cool and extended spring, Alaska’s wildfire season has begun in earnest as a result of warmer temperatures that has produced thousands of lightning strikes across the state the past two days. A total of 47 new fires were reported around the state on Monday and Tuesday, according to […]

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Yukon Flats wildland fire roundup Friday, July 17

12:30 p.m. — A roundup of fires in the Yukon Flats area that have updated information from Thursday. This will be the last daily update. The next update will be when there is significant change in the situation. #363 West Fork: 66,593.1 acres. Lightning on 6/19-128 miles southwest of Fort Yukon, 32 miles northwest of Stevens […]

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Yukon Flats wildland fire roundup Thursday, July 16

11 a.m. — A roundup of fires in the Yukon Flats area that have updated information from Tuesday.   #363 West Fork: 66,593.1 acres. Lightning on 6/19-128 miles southwest of Fort Yukon, 32 miles northwest of Stevens Village 07/15 Wednesday: A reconnaissance flight reported the fire to be smoldering and 50 percent active on sides. An […]

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