57 active fires burning across Alaska, BLM says
At least five new lightning-caused wildfires ignited Tuesday around McGrath in Southwest, according to fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The largest of the currently-burning wildfires is the Tusikpak Lake Fire near Point Hope. Smokejumpers were called in to bring the 2000+ acre fire under tundra grass control. The BLM Alaska Fire Service says there are seven cabins and numerous Native allotments within the area of the blaze.
Another 16 smokejumpers, along with two Fire Boss water scoopers, aggressively attacked the Deniktaw Ridge Fire, 20 miles southwest of Hughes. The estimated 160-acre fire was discovered during a detection flight by fire management officials in the Galena Zone.
The 116-acre Livingston Fire, about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks, is said to be 65 percent contained-- with crews expected to bring it fully under control by Tuesday night. Water scoopers dropped about 18,000 gallons of water on the blaze Monday. The fire is located in the Rosie Creek Area east of the Parks Highway between the highway and the Tanana River.
The Livingston Fire is said to be lightning-caused.
About 40 miles northeast of Talkeetna, the Prairie Fire grew from a handful of acres to about 33. The BLM says the remote location required fire crews to be flown in by helicopter. Two air tankers were called in to drop retardant around the perimeter Monday to keep it from spreading. A Hotshot crew joined the fight Monday night, with more crews joining Tuesday morning.
The Prairie Fire is threatening structures, a hunting lodge and cabins, near Stephan Lake, which is about three miles north of the blaze. It's also believed to be lightning-caused.
A 20-acre fire was reported around 9 p.m. Monday by someone in Buckland. The Fairhaven Creek Fire is burning on State of Alaska-owned land.
The Crazy Mountain Fire in the Upper Yukon Zone was burning near Mile 142 of the Steese Highway in Eastern Alaska. A resident reported seeing flames burning from a ridgetop about two miles from his home. The BLM says the fire was within a quarter-of-a-mile from a Native allotment. The blaze is small, estimated to have only burned about 1.5 acres so far, though fire officials say those driving the Steese Highway will likely see smoke.
The BLM says as of Tuesday morning, Alaska has had 118 fires with 3150 acres burned so far. Of those, 93 are determined to be human-caused. Two are still unknown, with the rest either naturally or lightning-caused.
As of Tuesday evening, 49 fires were considered active in Alaska.
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