Alaska Fire Service

U.S. Forest Service

A heavy-lift helicopter moved a badly damaged firefighting airplane over the weekend from a remote site near Circle to an airstrip in Central. From there, the airframe and engine will be taken to the Lower 48, where federal investigators will study them to determine what caused the water-scooping aircraft to go down on July 14th.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of an incident that caused heavy damage Tuesday to an air tanker working on a wildfire near Circle. NTSB Alaska Region Chief Clint Johnson provided more details of the incident Thursday.

U.S. Forest Service

The pilot flying a small water-scooping air tanker fighting a fire near Circle escaped injury Tuesday after he ran into a problem that damaged the aircraft.

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Fire Dogs Keep Bears Away

Jun 17, 2020

The Alaska Fire Service has called on specialized canines to help protect firefighters battling the Isom Creek Fire along the Dalton Highway. Fire information officer Sam Harrel says a handler and two dogs from the Alaska and Montana based Wind River Bear Institute, have been hired to deter bears from fire camps.

Isom Creek Fire Grows to 10,000 Acres

Jun 11, 2020
Tanana Chiefs Conference Crew

The Isom Creek wildfire along the Dalton Highway, continues to grow. Fire information officer Sam Harrel says winds Wednesday pushed the blaze away from the highway and Trans-Alaska Pipeline, while causing substantial growth on the fire’s northeast perimeter.

"As a result of that we are in 10,618 acres.”

Harrel says that portion of the fire pushed into a 2004 burn scar, but also toward a Native land allotment with cabins, along the Yukon River.

Isom Creek Fire Grows to 7,000 Acres

Jun 10, 2020
Tim Whitesell / Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters are making progress battling the Isom Creek wildfire burning east of the Dalton Highway.  Fire information officer Sam Harrel says gusty thunderstorm winds advanced flames rapidly late Monday night, growing the fire to over 7,000 acres, but that higher humidity Tuesday allowed the 250 firefighters working the incident to extend and secure lines.

Isom Fires Moves Away from Pipeline

Jun 9, 2020

The Isom Creek Fire burning along the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River was active again Monday, but Fire Information Officer Sam Harrel says winds primarily drove the flames away from the highway and Trans Alaska Pipeline Monday.

Harrell says protecting Native land allotments and cabins along the river’s south bank remain a top priority for about 250 firefighters working the incident.

Isom Creek Fire Grows Over the Weekend

Jun 8, 2020
Cammy Roy / BLM AFS

A wildfire along the Dalton Highway is getting a lot of attention from firefighters. The Isom Creek Fire has burned over 2,000 acres southeast of where the Dalton Highway crosses the Yukon River, in an area where there are Alaska Native land allotments. Alaska Fire Service spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the blaze


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