Isom Creek Fire

Tanana Chiefs Crew

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the divergent 2020 wildfire season across the far north.  

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Cool, rainy weather has kept this year’s fire season fairly quiet. And as the midpoint of this year’s fire season approaches, state and federal firefighting officials anticipate that weather pattern is likely to continue. Which means they’ll probably soon be sending back firefighters and equipment that’ve been on loan from agencies in the Lower 48.

Any Creek Fire Threatens Evac Order

Jun 15, 2020
Thomas Krock / Alaska Division of Forestry

Rain showers and higher humidity helped crews gain ground on a wildfire north of Fairbanks Sunday.

According to a state Division of Forestry report, the Any Creek Fire was started by lightning Saturday and prompted evacuation readiness alerts in some subdivisions in the Old Murphy Dome Road area. Forestry says rain subsequently slowed activity, and 130 firefighters, with help from water dropping aircraft, were able to make progress toward containing the 50 acre fire Sunday.

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