Numerous blazes battled near Ft. Yukon

Wildfire season is holding on in Alaska as warm dry weather persists later than normal. The Alaska Fire Service reports that water scooping planes and smoke jumpers corralled a new blaze north of Ft. Yukon over the weekend.

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The Shovun Lake fire was detected Saturday afternoon, burning within a mile and a half of Native land allotments. The AFS said four water scoopers made drops on the fire, which was mopped up Sunday by smoke-jumpers at under four acres.

Another new blaze southeast of Ft. Yukon was discovered Sunday morning. The Sucker River Fire is burning in a remote area of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, and being monitored.

Correction: This story’s headline has been updated to prevent confusion. Alaska Fire Service is affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Land Management, not the state. 

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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